Drivers still flouting mobile phone laws

  • 36% use handheld while driving
  • 98% see other drivers using them
  • 6% drop since 2005
A What Car? survey has revealed that 36% of motorists still admit to using a handheld mobile phone while driving their car, with a quarter saying they've done so in the past week.

However, the true figure could be much higher because 93% of motorists say they've seen someone else using a mobile phone at the wheel in the past seven days.

In spite of tougher penalties being introduced in 2007, which include the threat of jail if a driver is prosecuted for dangerous driving, there has been no drop in the number admitting to using a handheld mobile over the past year. Last year's survey also showed that 36% admit to using their phone while driving. Only a slight drop of 6% has been recorded since 2005.

Steve Fowler, What Car? editor, commented: 'The message is obviously not getting through – if you use a handheld mobile phone while driving, you may end up killing yourself or others.

'Research has shown that using a mobile phone at the wheel could be more dangerous than drink driving. Yet it seems you don't have to travel far to see someone who's oblivious to the dangers – they're all too easy to spot by their bad driving habits.'

What Car? Survey Results

When did you last use a handheld mobile phone as you drove?
Today 12%
Yesterday 5%
Last week 8%
Last month 11%
Never 64%

When did you last see another motorist using a handheld mobile phone?
Today 57%
Yesterday 18%
Last week 18%
Last month 4%
Never 3%

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