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Survey sheds light on mobile phone offences

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Drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel are more likely to be texting or browsing the internet than actually making calls, new research suggests.

The Department for Transport has been analysing cases of motorists being spotted using mobiles while driving, collating data from 60 sites in England and 30 across Scotland.

Overall more than double the number of drivers were holding a phone in their hand than to their ear, although road safety campaigners have insisted this is no less dangerous.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “No phone-call is worth risking an accident. This research shows that the problem isn’t just drivers making phone calls, it is their use of phones to text or use the internet.

“While this only provides a snapshot, it is an interesting insight that will help inform future policy. We will keep further deterrent measures under consideration.”

The DfT research was carried out in areas including Manchester, Newcastle, Durham and Norfolk last October. Officials observed traffic passing by between 7am-12noon and 1.30-6pm.

Overall, men were more likely to be using mobiles while driving and van-drivers flouted the law far more often than those in cars.

It is 12 years since legislation was introduced making it illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving or riding a motorcycle. Those who do will be issued with a fixed penalty notice and cases that go to court can result in disqualification and a fine of up to £1000.

For those drivers who are facing accusations of using a mobile phone while driving or allowing its use by someone else, then the specialist road traffic team at Lester Morrill can advise you on your options and provide expert representation. To find out more about how we can help you, please contact us.

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