Centre for Road Safety

Mobile mischief

Cyggy

[The Sydney Swans mascot, Cyggy, turns the ignition key to start his scooter and revs the throttle. He wears a red helmet to practise tricks on his scooter, riding across the Sydney Cricket Ground with the Ladies’ Pavilion in the background. The scooter revs loudly.]

[A group of Swans players having a drink on a break from training spot Cyggy.]

[To the sound of up-tempo electronic music, Swans player Rhyce Shaw takes his mobile phone and calls Cyggy.]

[Cyggy’s phone sounds an electronic ringtone, but when the mascot tries to answer his mobile, he loses balance and falls off the scooter.]

[The group of players watching react to the crash with a grimace and hold up their hands. One player spits out his drink, while another smiles and sends a text on his mobile.]

[The Get your hand off it message appears on the scoreboard above the Dally Messenger Stand, behind a blurred partial close-up of Cyggy.]

Swans player Harry Cunningham: You are four times more likely to crash …

[Close up shows Harry Cunningham sitting in the stands]

Harry Cunningham: …when using a mobile phone while driving. Get your hand off it, there’s no excuse.

End credits shown on a close-up of grass playing field: Get your hand off it. There is no excuse. Sydney Swans, NSW Government, Transport for NSW, Premier Partner.

The gear steward

[A Swans gear steward is shown at an ironing board inside one of the team’s rooms. The steward, in his sixties, is carefully ironing a Swans sleeveless jersey.]

[Swans player Nick Smith peeks through a window at the steward and smiles cheekily. He sits down below the window with a group of players and sends a text to the steward as a prank.]

[Up-tempo electronic music plays.]

Nick Smith: Here we go boys, have a look at this.

[The gear steward stands the iron up on the board to check the text on his mobile. It reads: “My mum irons better than you do mate :)” He laughs, puts the phone back in his pocket and continues ironing.]

[As the players send more joke text messages, the gear steward becomes distracted trying to read them on his phone and forgets he has left the hot iron on the jersey.]

[A close-up of the gear steward’s phone shows the message: “Get your hand off it!”. The music stops and the steward looks up from his phone to see smoke, before the iron bursts into flames and he reels back away from the fire.]

[Close-up shows Swans player Rhyce Shaw sitting in the stands.]

Rhyce Shaw: There’s no excuse here, or on the road. Remember, Get your hand off it when you’re driving.

End credits shown on a close-up of grass playing field: Get your hand off it. There is no excuse. Sydney Swans, NSW Government, Transport for NSW, Premier Partner.

The groundsman

[A groundsman is shown marking the white boundary line around the Sydney Cricket Ground. As he carefully pushes the trolley to mark the line the squeak of the wheels can be heard. A group of Swans players in the stands above decide to play a trick on him.]

[To the sound of up-tempo electronic music, Swans player Rhyce Shaw sends the groundsman a text.]

[Rhyce Shaw quickly shows his phone to a team-mate, who laughs when he reads the message.]

[An electronic sound effect plays. The groundsman stops and takes his mobile from his trouser pocket. A close-up of the phone shows the message from Rhyce: “Can you mow my lawn when you’re done???”]

[The groundsman shakes his head, puts the phone back in his pocket and returns to his work. However, the Swans players keep up the joke by sending more texts.]

[As the groundsman pushes the trolley, electronic sound effects signal the texts to his phone. He tries to read all the texts, bursts out laughing at one of them and leans heavily on the handles of the trolley. He receives a text from Nick Smith which is shown in close-up on his phone: “Get your hand off it!”]

[The background music stops and the wind whistles through the stands. The groundsman stops, looks up from his phone and turns around to look behind at the line he has marked. A wide shot shows the groundsman and the wobbly line he has marked while he was distracted by his mobile phone.]

Rhyce Shaw: See how easy it is to get distracted?

[Close up shows Rhyce Shaw sitting in the stands]

Rhyce Shaw: It’s the same while driving. Get your hand off it. There’s no excuse.

End credits shown on a close-up of grass playing field: Get your hand off it. There is no excuse. Sydney Swans, NSW Government, Transport for NSW, Premier Partner.

The Swans talk mobile phone use

[Uptempo guitar music plays.]

Graphic: When do you use your mobile phone?

[Sydney Swans midfielder Tom Derrickx is shown sitting in an empty stand at the SCG.]

Graphic: Tom Derickx, Midfielder, 12 games

Tom Derickx: I use my phone a fair bit, especially when I’m bored sitting around at home on the couch. I usually check it every couple of minutes.

[Swans midfielder Harry Cunningham is shown sitting in the stands.]
Graphic: Harry Cunningham, midfielder 31 games

Harry Cunningham: I’m sort of always on my phone, trying to keep up with friends from back home and family, so I always check my Facebook and Instagram to see what’s going on back home.

[Swans player Rhyce Shaw is shown sitting in the stands.]

Graphic: Rhyce Shaw, defender, 215 games

Rhyce Shaw: My relationship with my phone is pretty old school. It’s usually just to ring the wife and let her know I’m coming home and to check the race results.

Graphic: Who’s on their mobile 24/7?

[Nick smith is shown in the stands.]

Graphic: Nick Smith, defender, 120 games.

Nick Smith: Heath Grundy’s probably the worst player in the team in respect to being on his phone. He’s on every social media platform available.

[Rhyce Shaw is shown in the stands.]

Rhyce Shaw: Heat Grundy’s the worst in the team for being on his phone all the time. He’s always using instant gram and tweetering.

[Harry Cunningham is shown in the stands.]

Harry Cunningham: Heath Grundy’s always on his phone.

[Tom Derickx is shown in the stands.]

Tom Derickx: Heath Grundy, he’s constantly on Tinder.

Graphic: Mobile phones and driving. What are some of the excuses you’ve heard?

Harry Cunningham: Excuses that you sort of hear are sort of the ones that their phone’s either ringing or it’s on loud, or they’re trying to change the music for something to listen to. But obviously it’s not acceptable

Graphic: How do you avoid touching your mobile phone while driving?

Nick Smith: They all know that I can’t answer my phone or look at my phone while I’m driving. So any calls that are made I’ll just return them when I’m parked by the side of the road.

Rhyce Shaw: I put my phone in the boot.

Graphic: What do you say to people who drive and touch their mobile phones?

Nick Smith: It’s unacceptable to use your phone whilst you’re driving and obviously it makes driving pretty dangerous and any time you want to look down at your phone gives scope for an accident to occur.

Harry Cunningham: There’s no excuses for it and it puts everyone else at risk who’s on the roads.

Tom Derickx: I’ve seen firsthand how slow your reaction time is when you’re looking at your phone.

Um, so yeah, I’ve got no problem with telling a friend.

Nick Smith: I would definitely feel comfortable telling my mate.

Rhyce Shaw: I would definitely tell my friend.

[Group shot shows the four footballers sitting together in the stands.]

All four: Get your hand off it. There’s no excuse.

End credits shown on a close-up of grass playing field: Get your hand off it. There is no excuse. Sydney Swans, NSW Government, Transport for NSW, Premier Partner.

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