Recent survey reveals 50% of Drivers Dial and Drive

A new campaign ‘drive smart’ is soon to be launched by road safety charity Brake,  following a recent survey that revealed almost 50% of motorists who participated admitted risking their own lives and others’ safety by chatting on the phone whilst driving.

As smartphone’s and various other high tech mobile phones become increasingly popular, they are warning that a hands-free or hand-held phone at the wheel can lengthen reaction times to a similar extent to drink driving, significantly increasing the risk of fatal accident.

The survey also revealed men are slightly more likely to chat on a phone than women (50% compared to 47%) and young drivers are more likely than older drivers (52% compared to 48%). However, far more young motorists break the law by using a hand-held device (41% compared to 30%).

Young drivers are also far more likely than older drivers to text, phone, email and surf the web whilst behind the wheel.  A horrifying 44% of young drivers admit to texting at the wheel, compared to 27% of older drivers whilst 21% of young drivers email, go online, use apps, compared to 9% of older motorists.

Julie Townsend, Brake charity chief executive said: “Use a phone while driving and you are taking an horrendous risk with your own lives and others. Many drivers who wouldn’t dream of drink-driving are using phones while driving, oblivious that the effect on your reactions times are similar. We’re urging people to drive smart, recognising that phone use at the wheel can and does destroy lives, and no call or text is ever that important. If you need to use your phone urgently, pull over somewhere safe first: it is as simple as that. We are also calling on the government to do more to tackle phone use at the wheel, including banning hands-free phones and bringing in far stiffer penalties”.

Mr Wood, a road traffic accident specialist solicitor here at PHC Law is keen for the government to introduce tougher penalties for motorists caught behind the wheel using a mobile phone.

Mr Wood said: “The evidence presented by Brake is frightening.  Sadly we have dealt with many people who have fallen victim to such accidents caused by the third party who has been found to be driving whilst on his or hers mobile phone.

“Driving is something which most of us have to do on a daily basis and for the majority of us; it is the most complex and most dangerous activity we have to do. It requires our full attention. Texting, emailing, chatting on the phone and surfing the web are all distractions that puts not only your life at risk but the lives of others at risk too. No call or text can be that important, if the call or text requires and urgent response, simply pull over in a safe and convenient place to avoid running the risk of what could result in a serious or fatal accident”.

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