1 in 8 drivers use their mobile at the wheel

22 April 2014

car crash One in every eight drivers are still using their mobile phones while at the wheel. That's using it with their hands, rather than a hands-free kit or what-have-you. Tens years after it was made illegal, it seems drivers are still too keen to read and send messages while hurtling along.

This was discovered by road safety charity, Brake, and insurance company Direct Line. It wasn't wholly bad news though, as they found that the number of people using hand-held devices at the wheel has actually fallen from 36% in 2006 to 13%.

The survey also showed that 68% of drivers polled agreed that it was dangerous to use any type of mobile phone while driving, with 36% supporting a ban on hands-free mobiles. 4% said all mobile phone use should be permitted.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "It is shocking that, 10 years after the ban, one in eight drivers continues to flout the law and put lives in danger by using a hand-held mobile at the wheel."

"Just as worrying is the widespread belief that using a hands-free kit is a safe alternative. Don’t kid yourself: it’s not. Using a hands-free phone while driving can end and ruin lives just as surely as using a phone hand-held, and no phone call or text is worth a life."

"The Government needs to act now to stop this risky behaviour. We all need to take responsibility and put our phones safely out of reach and earshot while behind the wheel, and refuse to speak on the phone to others who are driving."

Meanwhile, Direct Line's motor director Rob Miles said: "The potential for casualties from mobile phone distraction is frightening. Hopefully, as drivers become more aware of the dangers inherent in the use of mobile phones whilst driving, it will become as much of a social taboo as drink-driving has become in recent years."

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TOPICS:   Mobile   Motoring

2 comments

  • Alexis
    Yes, but Julie Townsend no doubt also wants radios, sat navs and any talking whatsoever banned. And the return of the man with the red flag of course.
  • jokester4
    “Just as worrying is the widespread belief that using a hands-free kit is a safe alternative. Don’t kid yourself: it’s not. Using a hands-free phone while driving can end and ruin lives just as surely as using a phone hand-held, and no phone call or text is worth a life.” ^What absolute nonsense. This ignorant woman thinks that pressing a button on your earphone or car stereo to answer a call is equally as dangerous while driving as taking your eyes off the road for several seconds to operate your phone. IMHO, Brake just like to stick their over-opinionated noses where they don't belong. Every single article I have seen from Brake ignores basic facts and common sense.

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