Could you last 48 hours without your phone?

Drive 23/05/2018
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Young drivers are taking a stand against persistent use of cellphones and are urging Kiwis to drive phone free.

The organisation Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD) says with the road toll rising, and young people over-represented in crash statistics, it wants to add its voice to calls for drivers to keep their eyes on the road and not their phones.

Donna Govorko, national manager for SADD, joined Lisa Owen on RadioLIVE Drive to raise awareness of the fatal consequences distracted drivers could face.

She says young people are group most likely to be involved in crashes caused by distractions in the car.

According to statistics provided by SADD, crashes involving young drivers on learner and restricted licences have risen by 74 percent since 2013, while young learner and restricted licence holders now account for around one in seven fatal or serious injury crashes.

SADD has organised a national Phone Free 48 campaign for the weekend of 25-27 May to raise awareness, and also raise money for SADD programmes in schools.

Listen to the full interview with Donna Govorko above.

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