The public is invited to a forum on bicycling in Ocean City 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center.Participants are encouraged to learn about new bicycle-friendly amenities in Ocean City and to share opinions on bicycle safety and the usability of Ocean City streets.The forum is an annual event sponsored by BikeOCNJ, a community group dedicated to promoting a more bike-friendly Ocean City. BikeOCNJ has successfully advocated for the development of a island-long bicycle corridor, the installation of a user-activated HAWK signal at Ninth Street, and other measures to make bicycling in Ocean City safer.The Senior Center is located within the Ocean City Community Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue.
A new road safety campaign has been launched by The Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) which aims to raise awareness for the benefits of using a mobile phone signal blocker pouch when driving.“Research shows that mobile phone use by drivers, which is every bit as dangerous as drink driving, has reached epidemic proportions,” says Donegal Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell.“We can all appreciate that mobile phones are a very important part of everyday life and in an emergency situation they can save lives but when you are behind the wheel of a car or lorry, they can be a killer”. This new campaign, targeting mobile phone use, aims to highlight the benefits of signal jammers.The Signal Blocker is a mobile phone storage pouch that is lined with specialist material. When sealed inside the pouch, a mobile phone cannot receive any calls or alerts, thereby blocking the temptation for a driver to use or check their phone and eliminating the distraction that an alert can create. Large enough to fit all phones, the pouch also protects phones from scratching, which may occur if stored in the glove box of the vehicle.At a meeting of the Donegal Road Safety Working group where the new phone safe was launched are Kai McHugh, Yout Council, Brian O’Donnell, Doengal County Council Road Safety Officer. Garth Gibson, Donegal Youth Services, Paula Leonard, Alcohol and Drugs Forum, Carlyn Maguire, Doengal Youth Services and Srg. Joe Hannigan. Photo Clive WassonInstead of leaving the mobile phone in the car switched on while driving and in a mode that is able to distract the driver, the signal blocker pouch can be used to store the phone in the car and will prevent the phone from ringing or beeping when driving thus avoiding distraction. All missed calls and messages can be picked up when the journey is complete.The Signal Blocker isn’t just limited to use while driving, the pouch can be successfully used in any situation that you don’t want your phone to ring or beep, be it at work or school, in the cinema, at a function, attending a sporting event, or even just to guarantee conversation at social events. Brian O’Donnell said: “We are living in an age when being constantly connected seems to be the norm. Almost all of us have mobile phones, which we find difficult to switch off, even for a minute. Talking, texting or emailing on a mobile phone diverts attention from the road and puts other road users in danger.“Many people who wouldn’t dream of drink-driving are using their mobile when driving, oblivious to the fact that the consequences can be just as serious.“I would encourage all drivers to use the mobile phone pouch and remove the distraction from driving. The aim of the campaign is to improve safety, deter motorists from using their mobile while driving and help to further reduce the number of collisions on our roads.”A signal blocker mobile phone storage pouch can be bought at any good mobile phone shop and the DRSWG is urging businesses to encourage their staff to use the mobile phone signal blocker and to get involved with this campaign making the roads safer for everyone.“We need to change the behaviour of motorists and get the message across that the call or text can wait until the journey is complete,” concludes Brian O’Donnell.New road safety campaign highlights benefits of phone signal blockers was last modified: February 13th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal road safety working groupdrivingphonetexting