After a study of more than 1,000 drivers by road safety charity Brake and car insurance firm Direct Line, it is estimated that 1.2 million UK motorists are breaking the law by using a mobile phone while driving.
Three per cent of respondents to the survey said they used their phone for phone calls or messaging on every journey they made, which equates to 1.2 million drivers in the UK assuming an accurate representation overall.
The figures also revealed that 16% admitted using their mobile phone while driving in the past year, despite the introduction of new rules in 2017 meaning that if caught using their phone behind the wheel, drivers face six penalty points and a £200 fine.
Director of campaigns for Brake, Joshua Harris, called on the government to take further action to reduce the number of people using mobile phones while driving.
“When you’re behind the wheel, it only takes a moment’s distraction to cause devastation,” he said. “This report reveals the shocking extent of the distraction on our roads with over a million drivers admitting to using their phones behind the wheel on every journey. We need the government to take note of these findings and act to tackle in-vehicle distraction now.
“It’s positive to see drivers themselves acknowledge the increasing issue of distraction on the roads and that they give their backing to calls for the government to tackle this issue. As a first step, we want the government to consult on the use of hands-free phones behind the wheel, with the evidence clearly pointing towards the need for a ban.”
Stephen Barrett, head of Direct Line said it was “concerning” that so many drivers were not deterred by the current penalties.
“Our reliance on our mobile phones and their apps has meant that, even though driving can be a small percentage of someone’s day, many find it hard to leave these devices alone while at the wheel,” he said. “It is highly concerning that even with increased penalties and a greater awareness of the dangers and consequences, there is still a large minority of drivers on the UK roads who continue to defy the law and put themselves and others at risk on a daily basis.”
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