Perhaps the most concerning statistic from this research is that 52% of all drivers surveyed admitted that another driver had taken or made a phone call at the wheel while they have been seated as passengers. Therefore the overall figure of illegal usage is thought to be somewhat higher.
The need for instant communication has a lot to answer for, with social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter encouraging one in 20 drivers surveyed to check and read messages and status updates whilst trying to keep their eyes on the road.
It is not only illegal to use mobile phones at the wheel, it can also cause potentially tragic accidents as director of the RAC foundation, Professor Stephen Glaister reveals.
The use of mobile phones behind the wheel is bad news for road safety. We know drivers’ reaction times slow by almost half when they are having a chat on their mobiles.
This is even worse than texting while driving which our research has shown slows reaction times by a third.
The actions of those who flout the law can have tragic consequences. In 2008 the use of a mobile phone was a contributory factor in 16 fatal road accidents across Britain and many more where people were seriously injured.
Many campaigners have argued for tougher penalties than the current £60 fine and three penalty points on a driving license in a bid to crack down on offenders and highlight the seriousness of the offence.
Mobile phone accessories can eradicate all such problems at the wheel, with Bluetooth headsets and in-car kits readily available to make and receive hands-free phone calls if a conversation is completely necessary.
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