A study has found that mobile phone usage when driving is still exceptionally common after almost two-thirds of drivers admitted to seeing at least one driver per hour use their phone behind the wheel illegally.
The research, which came from the RAC, found that 64% of motorists saw a driver using their phone during their last hour on the road at the time of questioning. Of the 2,120 drivers questioned, 6% had seen more than one driver on their phone the last time they were on the road, with just 26% stating that they had not seen anyone break the law.
The figures from the RAC comes despite a number of campaigns to warn drivers about the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel, with the distraction of a mobile phone often being one of the major reasons for road traffic accidents and serious injuries. Indeed, according to the Department for Transport, last year 21 fatal accidents in the UK occurred due to at least one driver losing concentration when on their mobile phone. As well as fatal accidents, almost 100 serious accidents occurred due to phone usage with countless out collisions.
A spokesman for the RAC, which commissioned the research, said: "Thirteen years after the introduction of the current law forbidding the use of a hand-held phone at the wheel of a vehicle, this behaviour is far from being stamped out.
"In fact, the results of our research suggests the problem has got worse rather than better.
"Using a hand-held phone should be regarded as being as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving."
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