News from Brake
Thursday 21 March 2019
Brake comments on RAC research showing an increase in phone use behind the wheel
The RAC has today released new figures showing that across all age groups, a quarter (25%) of drivers admit to illegally making or receiving calls while driving, compared to 24% in 2017, despite the introduction of tougher penalties for illegal phone use in March 2017.
The RAC’s study of drivers also found dramatic rises in the proportion of younger working-age drivers admitting to using a phone illegally in 2018. Drivers in the 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 age groups admit to a range of dangerous activities involving a handheld phone, with nearly half in the younger age group (47%) saying they make or receive calls while driving – up 7% on 2017 and compared to just 25% of drivers in all age groups.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
“Mobile phone use behind the wheel is illegal and dangerous, distracting drivers from the road where even a split-second’s inattention can lead to devastation. The introduction of tougher penalties for illegal phone use behind the wheel two years ago was absolutely the right thing to do, however what this research makes clear is that drivers are still failing to comply with the law. With savage police cuts resulting in far fewer officers on our roads enforcing the law, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. We need the Government to make roads policing an investment priority so there is an active deterrent to illegal behaviour and drivers who break the law know that they will be caught and punished.”
Notes to editors:
- Original story here