Millions still ignore mobile laws

More than nine million motorists have admitted they still use their mobiles while driving, despite tougher penalties.

Figures from the RAC have found that over 9.2 million drivers continue to flout the law regardless of the introduction of more severe penalties in March.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said, ‘The illegal use of handheld mobile phones when driving is a growing menace and a major threat to road safety. Research shows that using a phone at the wheel affects reaction times as much as drink driving, increasing the chances of a crash.

‘As a society, we have become addicted to our mobiles, but a split second distraction caused by a call, text or notification behind the wheel can be deadly. Drivers should always put phones on silent and out of reach in the glove compartment. The mobile phone industry must also play its part, including technology as standard which helps keep drivers’ attention on the road, saving lives and preventing serious injuries.’