A charity has revealed that 60,000 drivers in the Midlands have points for using mobile phones whilst driving and other distractions.
A campaign launched today aims at preventing crashes caused by multitasking at the wheel.
Statistics reveal that:
- More than 35,000 drivers from the West Midlands, and nearly 25,000 drivers from the East Midlands have points on their licence for using their mobile phone at the wheel or being distracted
- One in 20 (5%) of these drivers have six points or more for driving distracted and four in five (81%) are male (same proportion in East and West Midlands)
- Two in three school children in the Midlands (65%) report being driven by a driver talking on a phone and eight in 10 (83%) have spotted drivers on mobile phones outside their school or home
Road charity Brake said the figures suggest the majority of children are being endangered by drivers for the sake of a call or text.
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