Car insurance: More drivers using mobile phones than two years ago

Friday, 11 December 2009

More drivers are using hand-held mobile phones than two years ago despite tougher penalties being introduced, motor insurance customers might be surprised to hear.

The Transport Research Laboratory has found that 2.8 per cent of drivers were found using a hand-held mobile this year compared to 2.6 per cent in 2006 - the same year fines rose to £60 and three points could be added to licences.

The TRL said phone-using drivers were four times more likely to crash than those who gave the road their full attention.

"Your reaction time is likely to be slower, you're more likely to drift across into the adjacent lanes and you're less aware of what's going on around you," said Dr Nick Reed from TRL.

Although the study was based in London, involving almost 12,000 cars and taxis and 2,500 vans, the report's authors believe there is no reason to think the figures are not the same right across the UK.

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman is due to be charged following a crash in her car earlier this year, after allegedly using a mobile phone while driving.

Posted by Noel Martin

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