Hands-free mobile sets should be banned and people should turn off their phones while driving, according to a road safety group.
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Imogen Cauthery was involved in a collision with a driver who was using a mobile phone when she was just nine years old, leaving her with a permanent brain injury.
She told ITV News that how she thinks drivers have a responsibility to always pay attention behind the wheel.
Mobile phones pose a "similar" threat to road users as drunk drivers would and are leading otherwise responsible drivers into "horrific" accidents, a safety campaigner has said.
Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend explained:
– Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend
We're living in an age when being constantly connected is the norm. More and more of us have smartphones, and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute.
While there are enormous benefits to this new technology, it's also posing dangerous temptations to drivers to divert their concentration away from the critical task at hand, often putting our most vulnerable road users in danger.
Many people who wouldn't dream of drink-driving are succumbing to using their phone and other distractions while driving, oblivious that the effect can be similar and the consequences just as horrific.
Over half of all children recalled being driven as the person behind the wheel used a mobile phone, road safety campaigners have said.
According to road safety campaigners Brake:
- A further 79% had spotted drivers on their mobile outside their school or home.
- 575,000 UK drivers have points on their licence for using their mobile phone at the wheel or being otherwise distracted.
- Of these, 6.5% have totted up six points or more;
Hands-free sets should be banned and drivers should turn off their mobile phones when getting behind the wheel, a road safety group has said.
Charity Brake want to see drivers focus more on the road by abandoning hands-free sets and are using the start of Road Safety Week to persuade road users to turn off their mobiles.
Brake are also urging everyone not to speak on the phone to someone who is driving.
Europe's aviation safety authority (EASA) has opened the door for smartphones, tablets and other gadgets to be used on take-off and landing.
Currently they can only be used once the aircraft is in the air.
Under new guidance due to be issued later this month, users would have to keep their devices set to 'airplane mode' to stop radio signals being emitted.
The United States brought in similar rules last month.
In a separate move the European Commission said it is allowing 3G and 4G use above 3,000 metres meaning people will be able to surf the web and send email.
Apple's new iPad Air tablet sold out in two hours from Apple's Hong Kong stores, the South China Morning Post reported while technology magazine 9to5Google revealed that the Nexus sold out within minutes of going on sale in Google's online shop.
The Air's impending release had caused a 585 per cent increase in people trading in old tablets, with nearly one in six people planning to trade, consumer website SellMyMobile said.
Computer devices including the first iPad were once released months apart in different countries, but simultaneous launches have become the norm as a result of increasing global communication and zealous fans willing to import from abroad.
Apple's new iPad Air will be available in the UK on November 1, while the iPad mini will be out later in November.
- 9.7-inch retina display and A7 chip inside, with over a billion transistors
- Twofold increase in rendering, twice as fast at opening files and double the graphics performance of the iPad 4
- Apple claims it will be 'the lightest full-sized tablet in the world'
- Up to four times faster at graphics than the first generation model
- Double the WiFi speed
- Expanded support for broadband wireless networks
They will both be available in silver and white or grey and black.
Apple's new iPad mini with retina display will be available later in November, retailing at £319 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.
The 32GB model is expected to cost £399, while the 64GB model will retail at £479. The 128GB version will be available at £559.
The iPad mini comes in silver or space grey and all prices include VAT.