Mobile phone use behind the wheel rises
Source : Mobile phone use behind the wheel rises
RAC report finds a 31% rise in handheld mobile phone use while driving as well as also calls on the Government to act
The number of drivers using handheld mobile phones behind the wheel is usually rising, according to a brand-new report.
In its annual Report on Motoring, released today, the RAC found which the number of people admitting to using a phone while driving has risen coming from 8% in 2014 to 31%. The report also found an increase in texting, emailing as well as also social media use while from the driver’s seat, up coming from 9% in 2014 to 19% today. A further 14% of those surveyed admitted taking photos or videoing while driving.
The RAC has called on the Government to launch an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using a handheld mobile while driving, as well as issuing tougher penalties for those flouting the law. Currently, those caught face a minimum £100 fine as well as also three points on their licence, although which is usually set to boost to a minimum £150 fine as well as also four penalty points, six for HGV drivers.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said the organisation believes better enforcement is usually needed, as well as also called for more police on the roads.
“which is usually alarming to see which some drivers have clearly relaxed their attitudes to the risks associated with which behaviour, yet more worrying is usually the increase from the percentage of motorists who actually admit to using a handheld device when driving.
“With compliance on some traffic laws including the use of handheld mobile phones seemingly getting worse, the RAC calls for an end to cuts to dedicated roads policing as well as also urges the Government as well as also Chief Constables to give greater priority to enforcement of road traffic laws,” he said.
The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) said the report highlighted the role police forces have in educating drivers as well as also taking action against those who commit such offences. NPCC lead for roads policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: “We share the RAC’s concerns about the level of mobile phone use by drivers, particularly as phones are becoming ‘smarter’. Our approach is usually a blend of education as well as also enforcement.
“We run national operations as well as also forces take action locally. We will continue to stress the dangerous consequences, as well as also arrest offenders, yet we also need people to take responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel as well as also exert some social pressure on family as well as also friends who take which risk.”
A Government spokesperson said: “We have some of the safest roads from the globe as well as also which is usually totally unacceptable for motorists to endanger lives by using handheld mobile phones while driving.
“Offenders involved in fatal road accidents while using a mobile phone already face serious offences, such as causing death by dangerous driving, which can carry a substantial prison term. We have also proposed tougher penalties for mobile phone use to act as a deterrent as well as also ensure which is usually not tolerated in society.”
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