ACTRESS Maisie Smith was slammed by road safety campaigners after she was seen video-calling boyfriend Max George while driving.
EastEnders actress Maisie Smith was slammed by road safety campaignersCredit: Getty
The Strictly star was seen on video call to boyfriend Max George while drivingCredit: Getty
She could face a ban and £1,000 fine if convicted of an offenceCredit: ©Terry Blackburn
A witness said: ‘She was clearly speaking to Max as she was holding her phone and the steering wheel’Credit: ©Terry Blackburn
Road safety charity Brake said Maisie’s actions had been “completely irresponsible and potentially lethal”.
A witness said: “Maisie had been shopping in a Spar and was talking to Max on video-call.
“When she finished shopping she got into the driver’s seat, reversed out and drove off down a main road.
“She was clearly still speaking to Max as she was holding her phone and the steering wheel — and he was on Facetime talking to her.
“It was not a good look. No one can concentrate properly on the road when they’re video calling someone.”
She was pictured in Darlington, Co Durham, where she is on tour with Strictly Ballroom: The Musical.
Her phone use comes during Road Safety Week, which raises awareness of the death and injury toll from dangerous driving.
Last year, 1,558 people were killed and nearly 26,000 were seriously hurt. Campaigners say mobile phone distraction is a major cause of accidents.
After seeing our pictures, Brake’s chief executive Mary Williams OBE said: “That kind of behaviour is completely irresponsible and potentially lethal.
“Using a phone behind the wheel makes you four times more likely to crash. Driving requires a person’s full attention.
“The risk is even greater if you’re trying to film yourself or video-call. Any error can be catastrophic.”
In 2020 The Sun told how Maisie had been seen behind the wheel smoking what was believed to be cannabis. Maisie’s representatives have been contacted for comment.
Maisie had been shopping in a Spar and was talking to Max on video-callCredit: ©Terry Blackburn