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Using a hands-free kit in the car can be almost as distracting as talking on a mobile phone, according to research by Newcastle University.
It's been illegal to drive whilst talking on your phone for almost a decade, but a road safety charity has found thousands of drivers in the region have been caught. Now they're calling for an outright ban, as Katie Oakes reports.
Roz Cumming from road safety charity Brake warns drivers not to take the risk of using mobile phones whilst driving.
A new campaign's being launched today by road safety charity Brake urging drivers to avoid multi-tasking at the wheel. They are focusing on mobile phone use, saying phones should be turned off, or put in the boot.
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.
A road safety charity has found 20,000 drivers in our region have points on their licence for using a mobile or being distracted while driving.
Kelly Pattinson's father died in a crash, when the other driver was distracted.