As more penalties for drivers using mobile phones while driving kicks in, research reveals the increasing frustration towards careless driving in Britain.
Nearly 90% of motorists who responded to a British Car Auctions (BCA) survey said the use of a handheld mobile while driving was ‘very distracting’, with 95% claiming to have seen others doing it with their own eyes. And more than half (52%) of those polled believed that the consequences for using a cell phone at the wheel should be more severe.
What’s more, the study also showed that there appears to be a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’, with 42% of motorists admitting to having had a chin-wag on a handheld mobile themselves behind the wheel. Over a quarter (27%) held their hands up to texting while driving; 13% have taken a photo and 6% admitted to cheekily checking out social media whilst motoring along
“The interesting thing about this study is that, whilst almost everybody was happy to vent their indignation at other drivers’ carelessness, a large number also owned-up to the very things that concerned them”, explained Tim Naylor of the BCA.
“But it’s clear from the research that there is a groundswell of support for stronger penalties for using a hand-held mobile while driving – whether talking, texting or accessing social media.”