Half Of Drivers See Others Using Mobiles

24 September 2015, 06:54

Half of motorists see their fellow drivers using mobile phones at the wheel every day according to new research.

The study from LV= car insurance has revealed half of all UK motorists see another driver operating a mobile phone at least once a day.

More than 142,000 people have been caught out in Scotland in the last five years.

Three in 10 motorists admit to sending texts while driving while half admit to reading a text when on the road.

Some drivers take their phone out for more obscure reasons, including ordering a takeaway (3%), looking at an online dating site or app (3%), or shopping online (3%).

We spoke to one driver who has been caught twice using his mobile behind the wheel, but fines and points haven't stopped him doing it:

"I've been pulled over twice and getting into the back of that police car is pretty terrifying, considering how much I rely on my licence for work.

"It did deter me from doing it for a while, but there's still the odd time sitting at traffic lights that I do heck my phone now and again.

"You know you're breaking the law, and you could kill someone, but when you're actually doing it you're not thinking about that."

Currently, if you are caught using your phone while driving you can get an automatic fixed penalty notice, receiving three penalty points on your licence and a fine, but just a quarter of drivers think this penalty is sufficient.

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