45% are texting while driving
* Poll reveals mobile abuse is still high * Just 11% switch off their phone while driving * Anyone caught faces 60 fine and three points...
One year after the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving were increased, almost half of British motorists are still texting while at the wheel according to a new poll.
The survey of 2000 people revealed that 45% of people admit they have texted while driving in the past year.
The survey also showed that just 11% of people switch off their phone or put it to mute, meaning that 89% of motorists remain liable to distraction should their phone ring.
Drivers in London are the most likely to text and drive, with 53% doing so according to the poll.
Motorists now receive a 60 fine and three penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving, and could be liable for prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving if they are involved in a fatal accident.