Following a survey by Go Compare, figures have shown how a massive 60% of young drivers admit to still using their phones when driving. Not being stationary, actually with the wheels moving.
Out of the 2,000 drivers surveyed, 25% of older motorists admitted to using their phones, albeit when they were in stationary traffic.
Matt Oliver, car insurance expert at GoCompare, said the findings were a clear indication drivers’ addiction to their devices.
“Smartphones have become an invaluable part of most people’s lives – helping us to do everything from communicating, paying for goods and helping us find our way around,” he said. “And, as our research shows, some people are so addicted to their phones they’re prepared to break the law.
“But using a hand-held mobile phone is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers. It removes their attention from the road ahead, slows down reaction times and driving one handed can result in the driver not being fully in control of the vehicle – any of which could have potentially fatal consequences for themselves or other road users.”
Samuel Nahk, a spokesperson for road safety charity Brake, said those who used phones while driving were selfish and could cause serious accidents.
“Mobile phone use behind the wheel, in any form, is illegal and highly dangerous and those who do it are selfishly putting other road users’ lives at risk,” he said. “Anything that distracts a driver’s attention from the road, even for a split second, can lead to devastation.
“Using a phone behind the wheel should be as unacceptable as drink driving, with studies showing that reaction times whilst texting are double those of drink-drivers. This new research makes it clear that mobile phone use behind the wheel is all too prevalent and a crackdown is required to rid our roads of this menace.”
About Carl Millar
Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.
Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.
With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.
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