Road Safety GB has strongly condemned a One Show feature which shows drivers taking their hands off the wheel and looking away to ‘mime and dance’ while travelling on busy roads.
The feature appeared on the show last night (9 December) as the programme encouraged its viewers to vote in the BBC song of the year competition.
It showed 10 drivers and their passengers ‘miming and dancing’ to the songs nominated for the award, with a number of examples of dangerous road safety practice on display.
Drivers took their hands off the wheel and their eyes off the road, while passengers were seen distracting the driver with some even failing to wear a seatbelt so they could mime and act.
Presenter Alex Jones said “how good was that?” before describing the feature as “brilliant”.
In the same programme, the One Show featured Hampshire’s older drivers programme, sending presenters Jenny Bond and John Sargent through the programme and to report on the good work the scheme has achieved in supporting the safety of older drivers.
Honor Byford, chair of Road Safety GB, said: “Road Safety GB is both surprised and deeply concerned that the BBC could have compiled such an excellent piece on road safety for older drivers, while the same programme also promoted inherently unsafe car-based behaviour – and then to show the two items one after the other?
“The message seems to be that older drivers must be managed and monitored very closely whilst younger people can mess about in their cars and do as they like whilst driving along the same roads where parents, children and older people are also driving, walking and cycling. Clearly the producers or editors didn’t put two and two together at all.
“There was no reason for this feature to be set in people’s cars as they drive – it could just as easily be in the workplace, local club or any other venues where people are not also driving a vehicle with passengers on busy streets.
“We have written to the BBC today asking them to put this right by discouraging the behaviour shown, and to review the feature and remove it from the online archive.”
You can watch the feature here (skip to 14.45): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06r6z9s/the-one-show-09122015