Aberdeen City has seen the biggest increase in the number of drivers caught using mobiles with 300 extra drivers receiving fines when compared with last year’s figures. However, the overall number of people in Scotland caught using their mobiles at the wheel has dropped over the last year.
The number of drivers fined between 2012 and 2013 was 33,175 but this figure dropped to 28,121 between 2013 and 2014. Aberdeenshire and Moray saw the largest drop in the number of fines issued for this offence.
In contrast, several other areas of Scotland saw figures increase, with the Islands and the Highlands seeing more drivers caught on their mobile phone. Councillor Angela MacLean, the chairwoman for Highland Council’s safety committee has stated that it is unfortunate that the Highlands have more people caught using their mobile phone at the wheel than in the rest of Scotland.
Neil Cooney, chairman of housing, communities and infrastructure for Aberdeen City Council has stated that it is ‘unsurprising’ that Aberdeen City has the highest number of fines as people can be seen using their mobile phone at the wheel all over the city. He stressed that it is dangerous and could be tackled with an awareness campaign.
Michael McDonnel, the director of Road Safety Scotland, has expressed his optimism regarding the overall number of people being fined coming down but also suggested that people need to stop using their mobile phones completely when at the wheel. He states that even a hands free device can break concentration while driving.
Distractions at the wheel
One of the top causes of accidents on the road is failing to look, which means that drivers should be as aware as possible at all times. Drivers caught using mobiles at the wheel are committing a driving offence therefore it is advisable to keep your mobile out of reach while at the wheel to avoid the temptation of picking it up. Even using hands-free devices or putting in earphones to listen to music can cause you to lose concentration. If you have been driving carefully but are involved in a road accident, the other driver may have been at fault.
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Source: Press and Journal
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown