An assistant chief constable has escaped a driving ban after colliding with an oncoming car while trying to make a hands-free phone call to her husband.
The effectiveness of legislation governing use of handheld mobile phone while driving has been questioned by the High Court.
One in six at-work drivers says they have been involved in an accident when taking a call from a colleague, new research suggests.
Almost 90% of motorists would like to see tougher penalties handed out to other drivers caught using their phone while behind the wheel according to a new survey by Motorpoint.
New mobile phone detection warning signs are being rolled out by Thames Valley and Hampshire police forces.
Younger working-age drivers and those in London the worst offenders, as RAC warns of ‘fading impact’ of penalties introduced in 2017.
It has been revealed that 56% of Brits believe in-car tech is just as distracting as using a mobile phone, says whocanfixmycar.com research.
The camera, which can catch drivers from up to 1km away who speed, tailgate, use handheld mobile phones or do not wear seatbelts, is being trialled by Gloucestershire Police.
The illegal use of mobile phones among van drivers is double that seen in cars, according to a new Government report.
A third (34%) of drivers said they use their mobile phone illegally while in their car, with the figure rising to 58% of 18-24 year old drivers, new research suggests.
In all, 90 local authority areas will have one or more stretches of road where there is no voice signal available.
Norfolk County Council is trialling road signs that detect when drivers are using a mobile phone.
A third of motorists (31%) believe current penalties for using a mobile phone while driving are still not enough of a deterrent, according to the RAC.
A combination of fewer traffic police, increased fines and improved connectivity in new vehicles is likely behind a 30% drop in motorists being charged with using their mobile phone while at the wheel.
In a wide ranging debate, fleet decision-maker revealed the challenges they faced in ensuring safe use of mobile phones, combatting drug driving and key elements of a grey fleet policy.
By Paul Loughlin motoring law solicitor at Stephensons
RAC Business survey highlights almost 40% of firms expect drivers to take calls on the road.
UK motorists remain “undeterred” by fines for using a mobile phone at the wheel, with almost 12,000 drivers a year prosecuted.
A year after tough new penalties were introduced, research from SmartWitness suggests that drivers are still prepared to use their phone while driving.
However, the road safety charity Brake says the problem can only be tackled through a “long-term police enforcement effort”.
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