Numbers of motorists using their mobiles rises by three times

14 October 2010


Oi! Motorists! You've been told to stop using your phones while driving your cars haven't you? Yes? But you're not listening are you? Why? Because you're pissing about with your phone!

Yes indeed, it has been reported that over a quarter of UK drivers have admitted to taking calls or using their mobiles while on the road, which is three times more than a year ago.

The RAC have found that over half of drivers questioned said they would look to see who a call was from and 45 per cent would take their eyes off the road for a text.

Of course, young drivers are the worst of the bunch with 58 per cent likely to look at their phone if it goes off while they're driving.

Alarmingly, the study found that one in five motorists have said they check Facebook and Twitter! The mad fuckers! That explains why there's been a spate of social networking updates saying "I've crashed my car LOL!!2!!"

Adrian Tink, RAC motoring strategist said: "Taking your eye off the road, just for a second, to read an alert or check who a call came from can have potentially fatal results. This steep rise in mobile phone usage at the wheel could potentially be set to continue as more and more people embrace smart phone technology."

Martin Reber, chief executive officer of embedded speech solutions company SVOX said: "If drivers insist on staying connected, they need to start using solutions such as text-to-speech and voice recognition in the car so that they can have their emails, voicemails, texts and tweets read aloud, they can make calls and they can control their navigation system without removing their hands from the wheel."

TOPICS:   Technology   Motoring


  • allthebuttons
    I'd write a longer comment, but I'm busy driving.
  • sb
    So what are the rules? Tweet is okay but checking facebook is wrong, correct?
  • The B.
    Yep, the other day I saw a guy gesticulating wildly with his left hand whilst his right was holding his phone to his ear and he was ranting into it, presumably he was steering with his knees. They need to up the fine to £1k and use it to finance putting traffic police back on the roads (in London the volume of Traffic police has halved in the last 15 years), same thing applies with seatbelts. What gets me is people that spend £80k on a car but still won't spend £250 on a hands free kit, I used to work in Chelsea and the sheer volume of morons like that is unreal.
  • Alexis
    "Taking your eye off the road, just for a second, to read an alert or check who a call came from can have potentially fatal results." When are radios being banned then?
  • Andrew
    Why don't the bloody government make bluetooth compulsory in cars. They go on about how dangerous it is but aren't doing anything to address it. Just keep on banging in the fines. They now try and tell you that using your phone is more dangerous than drink driving. Don't see them swapping the fines and give you a year ban for using your phone but only 3 points and £60 fine for drunk driving.
  • Tarquin W.
    Change the penalty to chopping off their thumbs - that'll learn em.
  • Veronica
    Agree with Andrew, make it bloody compulsory already.
  • dvdj
    I use my phone occasionally, cut off my thumbs! The way I see it is, it's no worse than lighting and holding a stick whilst driving, and then to continue to suck on said ignitted stick and drive at the same time is pure suicide! What happens if you drop a phone? Nothing. Drop a cig, you brn your man bits!
  • Jack T.
    @dvdj If your ciggy is burning your man bits, put some pants on ffs.
  • Tarquin W.
    @dvdj, I have a junior hacksaw with an old rusty blade. Ready when you are.
  • Milky P.
    I don't keep looking at my cigarette whilst i'm smoking it tho. TBH, only because I'm too busy playing with my phone.
  • Whisky
    I read a text from my wife this morning, but then I used the inbuilt bluetooth thingy (the only kind which actually work) to call her back. So is that ok?
  • oliverreed
    @Andrew great idea although the cunts won't use it! Also, picture this, thick twat has the phone in one hand, yet holds it to opposite ear, it's bad enough not ignoring the call but why have you arm wrapped round your face you thick bastard.
  • oliverreed
    Oh, and the police should smash the fuck out of the phone on the spot.
  • PaulH
    I'm too busy doing my hair in rear view mirror...
  • Nobby
    They shouldn't fine drivers that use mobile phones in cars. They should make them stand in the road, in front of a car being driven by a teenager driver that has just passed their test. People on the side of the road would be allowed to phone and text the driver when they like to try to distract him / her. They could make it into a gameshow, so not only would they be punished, but some money could be made out of it by selling it to Five. Keith Chegwin would be up for presenting it, I'm sure.
  • Ten B.
    [...] of motorists using their mobiles rises by three [...]

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