The BBC is reporting that the number of motorists illegally using their mobile phones while driving is on the rise.
The BBC article was based on a survey carried out by the RAC.
Apparently, 31% of drivers said that they use a handheld mobile phone at the wheel. in 2014, this figure was much lower, at 8%. And with the rise in popularity of social media comes the rise of people updating their statues when driving. 19% of people surveyed admitted to sending a message, or posting on social media. 14% said they’d taken a photograph or video while at the wheel.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “It is alarming to see that some drivers have clearly relaxed their attitudes to the risks associated with this behaviour but more worrying is the increase in the percentage of motorists who actually admit to using a handheld device when driving.
“The fact that drivers have little or no confidence that they will be caught when breaking these laws is a likely contributor to the problem and it is sadly the case that every day most road users see other drivers brazenly using their handheld phones when in control of a vehicle – a sight which should be a thing of the past.”
1714 motorists were questioned for this research, and the full article can be found here –