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Causing An Accident Not Enough To Put 40% Motorists Off Using Their Mobiles

Causing An Accident Not Enough To Put 40% Motorists Off Using Their Mobiles

A shocking 40% of motorists would continue using a mobile phone behind the wheel, even if they cause an accident by using one.


Research by the RAC for its "Be Phone Smart" campaign quizzed 2,137 motorists, as police forces across the country launch a week of focused enforcement.
 

Being caught by police would not deter 45% of motorists, and the threat of a fine and points would not deter 46% of motorists.

Campaign spokesman Pete Williams said: “It seems reasonable to expect that causing an accident while using a handheld phone would be enough to force every driver to change their ways. But our data suggests otherwise – while six in 10 motorists told us they thought that would motivate them to kick the illegal habit, that indicates a remarkable four in 10 didn’t think it would. “This is a worrying statistic and suggests that some drivers are still failing to see just how distracting using a handheld phone at the wheel can be, even though it has been illegal in the UK since 2003.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/lifestyle/cars/car-news/causing-accident-not-enough-put-drivers-off-using-mobiles/
Campaign spokesman Pete Williams said: “It seems reasonable to expect that causing an accident while using a handheld phone would be enough to force every driver to change their ways. But our data suggests otherwise – while six in 10 motorists told us they thought that would motivate them to kick the illegal habit, that indicates a remarkable four in 10 didn’t think it would. “This is a worrying statistic and suggests that some drivers are still failing to see just how distracting using a handheld phone at the wheel can be, even though it has been illegal in the UK since 2003.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/lifestyle/cars/car-news/causing-accident-not-enough-put-drivers-off-using-mobiles/

 

Be Phone Smart Campaign spokesman Pete Williams said: “It seems reasonable to expect that causing an accident while using a handheld phone would be enough to force every driver to change their ways. But our data suggests otherwise – while six in 10 motorists told us they thought that would motivate them to kick the illegal habit, that indicates a remarkable four in 10 didn’t think it would. “This is a worrying statistic and suggests that some drivers are still failing to see just how distracting using a handheld phone at the wheel can be, even though it has been illegal in the UK since 2003.”

 

Penalties for using a handheld phone while driving increased to six points in March, as well as a £200 fine - yet police figures showed that nearly 6,000 motorists were caught in the first month after their introduction.