Mobile phone use whilst driving

The DfT has released statistics on the number of drivers using Hand-held or Hands-free mobile phones in October 2009

Overall the results show that use has increased since 2008, for car drivers up from 1.5% to 2.9% and for van and lorry drivers up from 3.3% to 5.0%. Hand-held phone use dropped off after it became illegal to use hand-held phones whilst driving in 2003 and the subsequent increase in fine in 2007, but steadily increased again afterwards. The figures are a result of surveys at 30 sites in the South East of England and are therefore not fully representative of the whole country. They surveys involve observers watching drivers and counting the number of times they see a motorist using either a hand-held or hands-free mobile device.


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