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Survey suggests mobile phone problem is growing

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Efforts to crack down on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel have been unsuccessful, a recent survey has suggested.

The RAC polled more than 2,000 motorists and found that almost two thirds of those questioned had seen at least one driver breaking the law in their past hour on the road.

More worrying still, around six per cent of respondents claimed to have witnessed up to seven incidents during that period.

The research suggests that the problem of people making calls or texting at the wheel may have actually grown, despite a number of high-profile road safety campaigns.

A RAC spokesman said: “Thirteen years after the introduction of the current law forbidding use of a hand-held phone at the wheel of a vehicle, this behaviour is far from being stamped out.

“In fact, the results of our research suggest the problem has got worse rather than better.

“Using a hand-held phone should be regarded as being as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.”

The Government is currently considering bringing in tougher penalties for those drivers who flout the law.  Among the measures that have been floated include increasing the number of penalty points to four (up from three) and raising fines for those convicted to £150.

If you are facing a charge for an offence committed while driving, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best possible representation. For further details about how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, please contact us.

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