More than a third of motorists (36%) still admit to using a handheld mobile phone while driving their car, with a quarter saying they’ve done so in the past week, according to a WhatCar? survey (RoadSafe newsletter, January 2009).
However, the true figure could be much higher, as 93% of motorists say they’ve seen someone else using a mobile phone at the wheel in the past seven days.
In spite of tougher penalties being introduced in 2007, which include the threat of jail if a driver is prosecuted for dangerous driving, there has been no drop in the number of motorists admitting to using a handheld mobile over the past year. Last year’s survey also showed that 36% admit to using their phone while driving. Only a slight drop of 6% has been recorded since 2005.
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