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Third of drivers 'use mobiles'

One in three drivers admit they still use a mobile handset while behind the wheel, despite a ban being in place for nearly 10 years, according to a new report.

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Report: 100,000 motorists fined for using mobile each year

  • 1 million motorists have been caught illegally using a hand-held mobile phone when driving since legislation was introduced in 2003.
  • 33% of motorists admit to still using their handset while behind the wheel.
  • 1/5 of motorists think it is acceptable to use a hand-held phone when driving regardless of the law.
  • 100,000 motorists are fined for using a mobile every year.
  • 350,000 motorists have admitted they nearly had an accident/came close to one due to being distracted by their mobiles in the past year.
  • Drivers using their phones are twice as likely to drive erratically - including sudden braking, reckless driving and speeding.

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