The latest study of driving habits undertaken by the RAC has shown 25% of drivers admit making and receiving calls on their mobile phone when behind the wheel.
This worrying data also shows how 17% of drivers also admit to using their phones to check texts, emails and social media updates whilst driving.
Sadly, but predictably it is young drivers who are the biggest culprits.
If this data was not bad enough, anecdotal evidence suggests the figures are in fact much higher.
In 2017, the government introduced tougher sentencing for those drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel. The penalty increased to 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if convicted.
The use of phones whilst driving is a significant problem on today’s roads. Many experts have cited how using a mobile device causes the same level of impairment when compared with a driver who had been drinking.
Also, at the time when the new sentencing powers were brought in, there had been a spate of high profile road deaths and accident caused by drivers distracted through technology.
The government and police continue to try and find new ways to discourage mobile phone use behind the wheel, however, many suggested automated solutions have been thwarted when differentiating between a drivers phone and a passengers phone has been too difficult.
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.
Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.