A record number of road accidents are being caused by motorists who are making calls or texting at the wheel, new figures have revealed.
The number of collisions where mobile phones were a contributory factor has increased by 21 per cent in the space of three years.
Last year, there were 422 accidents involving people using phones while driving, up from 378 in 2012.
Now the RAC has said that the problem needed to be looked at as “a matter of urgency”.
David Bizley, the organisation’s chief engineer, said: “We are … calling on the police to enforce the current laws on the use of hand-held phones while driving more effectively.
“This must be supported by a high-profile, government-funded road safety campaign that makes using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel as socially unacceptable as drink driving.”
The RAC has drawn attention to a report carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory earlier this year.
It found that using a hand-held phone slowed down reaction times of drivers even more dramatically than drinking alcohol.
Using a mobile phone while driving has been illegal for ten years, but ministers have confirmed they’re looking to introduce tougher punishments, amid fears that many motorists don’t take the current legislation seriously.
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