Motorists still using mobile phones while driving wolverhampton

Motorists still using mobile phones while driving wolverhampton

Motorists still using mobile phones while driving wolverhampton

Nearly every driver has seen other motorists use a hand-held mobile phone while driving according to a survey.

WIth the number of deaths and serious injuries on UK roads rising by 4% to nearly 25,000 in 2014, consumer research by used-car specialist British Car Auctions (BCA) found that 95% of respondents had seen other motorists using a hand-held mobile while on the road.

According to the BCA research, 83% had seen other drivers texting and emailing whilst on the road. But mobile phones are not the only technology distracting drivers. Over half of respondents (52%) admitted to looking at their Sat Nav rather than the road at a junction or roundabout and 47% had seen other motorists doing the same. A small percentage even confessed to accessing the internet or social media while driving.

However, Department for Transport research claimed that there was a relatively low number of drivers that break the law when it comes to using hand-held devices in cars.

Observation studies in England and Scotland from the Department for Transport noted that in 2014, 1.6% of car users were seen using hand-held mobile devices while driving.

Commenting on the DfT figures, DIA CEO Carly Brookfield said: “We are pleased to note that the use of hand-held phones while driving remains at a very low percentage of the driving population yet it still remains that one driver using a handheld phone while on the road is still one too many. Indeed, it is astonishing that drivers still feel that they can safely drive using a hand-held device, even though this has been illegal for the past two years.”