– Launched a Unique Comprehensive Road Safety Mobile app to prevent Distracted Driving
– Released a Mass Awareness film on Hazards of Distracted Driving #OktoIgnore
Riding on a strong commitment to Health safety well being and zero tolerance to distracted driving, SaveLIFE Foundation and Vodafone India Ltd released a first of its kind study on the theme of Safety in Mobility” in New Delhi, today.
The study reveals 94 per cent of people acknowledge using mobile phones during driving as being dangerous but 47 per cent of them admit to receiving calls while driving. The report titled, Distracted Driving in India: A Study on Mobile Phone Usage, Pattern and Behaviour was released by P Balaji, Director External Affairs, Regulatory & CSR, Vodafone India and Saji Cherian, Director Operations-SaveLIFE Foundation. The launch of the study was graced by Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Abhay Damle who also launched the Vodafone-SaveLIFE Foundation Road Safe mobile application. The app which has been created with the objective of keeping drivers away from distractions while driving also provides useful tips on safe driving.
ABOUT THE STUDY
This first of a kind study released in India is based on a survey conducted by international research agency Kantar Public covering 8 cities and a total of 1749 respondents covering four typologies of drivers: two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers and truck/bus drivers.
Amongst other findings, the study reveals that 34 per cent of all respondents tend to apply sudden brakes when talking on the phone while driving, while 20 per cent of respondents admit to having had near-miss situations or having experienced road crash due to using mobile phones while driving. 96 per cent of people spoken to, tend to feel unsafe as passengers if the driver was using mobile phone while driving.
ABOUT THE APP
The Vodafone-SaveLIFE Foundation “Road Safe” mobile application has been developed, under the ‘Safety in Mobility’ theme which has been working to improve Road Safety in India. A key feature in the app is promoting Distraction Free Driving (Android only) which will automatically disable calls/SMS/Push notifications for the driver when vehicle speed is above 10 km/hour. The Road Safe app also has Road Safety tips and information on Traffic fines and offences.
ABOUT PUBLIC INTEREST AV #OktoIgnore
A short mass education public interest AV is being launched to alert citizens to ignore phone calls while driving, regardless of the situation or occasion, hashtag #OktoIgnore. The AV on hazards of distracted driving will be broadcast on TV, Cinema halls, out of home media and social media
Commenting on the noble initiative Mr. Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, MoRTH stated, The Government of India is committed to reducing road crash deaths and injuries. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill has been passed by Lok Sabha. The Bill is likely to be considered by Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session. The Bill provides for strict penalties for dangerous driving including use of mobile phones while driving. We urge drivers to refrain from this practice.”
Exhorting Indians to follow model Road Safety Norms and set an example to the rest of the world, P. Balaji, Director- Regulatory, External Affairs, Regulatory & CSR, Vodafone India said, “At Vodafone, achieving the highest standards of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for employees, associates, customers, community and wider public at large has been and continues to be an absolute priority. From a CSR & Sustainability perspective too, Vodafone has taken the lead in engaging with our stakeholders on our best practices Health Safety & Well-being, mainly in the domain of road safety. We hope the findings of this first of its kind report will draw focus to the perils of ignoring Road Safety norms and help save lives by getting citizens to use the convenient mobile app. Vodafone is happy to have had SaveLIFE Foundation as our partner to come up with this invaluable study that we hope will alert citizens on hazards of distracted driving and help prevent road mishaps.
Saji Cherian, Director, Operations, SaveLIFE Foundation said, This study is path breaking as it categorically confirms for the first time that use of mobile phones while driving is rampant in India. The focus is also on solving the problem by launching the Vodafone-SaveLIFE Foundation Road Safe mobile application that will help drivers remain distraction-free while driving.
Health safety and well being is a core value at Vodafone with an aim of Goal Zero to prevent harm to any individual, property or asset. In the past decade, more than 13 lakh people have been killed in road crashes in India. This translates to over 400 deaths a day, equivalent to a jumbo jet crash. Distracted Driving, especially due to the use of mobile phones has emerged as a significant risk factor causing road crashes globally. Vodafone India and SaveLIFE Foundation stand committed to saving maximum lives on roads by making citizens aware of the dangers of distracted driving
About SaveLIFE Foundation
SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on improving road safety and emergency medical care across India. SLF combines innovative on-ground interventions with advocacy for stronger national level policies to establish a sustainable framework for Road Safety in India.
About Vodafone India Limited
Vodafone India is a 100% fully owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group Plc. with operations across the country serving over 204 million customers (over 106 million in rural areas). Commencing operations in 2007, Vodafone is today a robust, award-winning business and committed for the long term. Vodafone Business Services serves the needs of enterprises and government by providing total telecommunications (Voice and Data) solutions across mobility and wireline platforms. Our mobile wallet, M-Pesa is a unique and innovative money transfer service from Vodafone that fosters financial inclusion.
Committed to optimizing the near-ubiquitous reach of mobile telephony to address national developmental priorities, the Vodafone Foundation partners is actively engaged in community development initiatives especially in the domains of m-Women, m-Agriculture, m-Education and Disaster Relief. Building on its global experience and expertise, an outreach across India and offering a comprehensive portfolio of technologies- 2G, 3G & 4G, Vodafone is uniquely positioned to actualize the vision of Digital India.
Globally, Vodafone is one of the worlds largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 49 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 December 2016, Vodafone had 470 million mobile customers and 14.3 million fixed broadband customers.
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