Drivers want blanket block on mobile phone use at the wheel
According to new research by Continental Tyres, two thirds of drivers believe the Government should introduce technology to disable certain phone functions in order to improve safety.
Fleet News reports that motorists considered fitting all cars with some form of blocking device to be more effective than introducing harsher punishments or more education.
It seems many drivers are unable to resist looking at their phone, as 46% of respondents said they think it is acceptable to look at their phone when stopped or in slow moving traffic.
Safety expert for Continental Tyres, Mark Griffiths, commented: "Our research reveals that drivers know that their use of phones is illegal, distracting and dangerous yet they cannot help themselves.
"Nearly half (45%) told us they struggled to be digitally disconnected and 28% felt that so many people now check their mobile in traffic it had become normalised."
When those that admitted to breaking the current law were asked how recently they had committed this offence, nearly a third (31%) said they had done so in the last month.
Even though additional safety features have been added to cars, motorists believe road safety is decreasing because of the illegal use of phones when driving.
Professor John Groeger, a specialist in driver psychology and author of 'Sharing the Driving' for Continental Tyres, added: "It is really interesting that motorists want an enforced solution rather than to curb their own behaviour – yet there is no such system currently being promoted in the UK."
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