Nearly all drives have seen a fellow road user on their mobile phone while behind the wheel, an RAC survey has revealed.
It found that 95% of motorists regularly see other drivers fiddling with mobiles when traffic
comes to a standstill – which is illegal in the UK.
More than six in 10 (64%) say that in the last hour they spent driving they saw at least one driver committing the offence. Of those, 6% claimed they saw between five and seven drivers breaking the law, whereas 36% witnessed one or two.
Only 26% of motorists surveyed said they did not see anyone doing this.
Three in 10 motorists say they have used a handheld phone at the wheel, while 29% claim they do it occasionally while the other one per cent use their handheld phones on most journeys.
The main reason for phone usage is a short call (61%), followed by checking email or text messages (49%) or sending a text (47%).
In age terms, 31% say they see drivers of all ages committing the offence, but the problem appears to be most prevalent in those under the age of 40 with 50% claiming they most frequently see drivers of this age group on their phones.
Lack of campaign against it
RAC spokesman Simon Williams says that 13 years after the introduction of the current law forbidding use of a handheld phone at the wheel of a vehicle, this behaviour is far from being stamped out.
In fact, the RAC results suggest the problem has got worse rather than better.
Williams blames a lack of high-profile advertising campaign similar to those targeting drink-drivers and speeders, while the drop in roads police officers hasn’t helped either.
Date Published: May 6, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown