The society says drivers using mobile phones have been implicated in at least six deaths on Britain's roads and claims that using a phone, whether hand-held or hands-free, increases the likelihood of a driver having an accident.
The new Highway Code says drivers should 'Never use a hand-held mobile phone or microphone when driving. Using hands-free equipment is also likely to distract your attention from the road. It is far safer not to use any telephone while you are driving — find a safe place to stop first.' Failure to obey the code is not, however, a criminal offence although it may lead to prosecution under the Traffic or Transport Acts.
John Howard, RoSPA's director of safety policy, said: 'Police have a variety of offences to take action against mobile phone users, but a specific offence would mean there would be no excuse for a driver seen using a mobile phone at the wheel.'