Car insurance: Drivers warned about using mobile phones

Thursday, 07 January 2010

A hard-hitting new road safety campaign has been launched to warn drivers of the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel, such as an increased risk of accidents necessitating a car insurance claim, reports the Portsmouth News.

Recent figures have shown that the number of motorists using phones is on the increase, with 2.8 per cent of drivers using a hand-held phone in 2009.

However, the risk of accidents is four times higher if motorists are on the phone. Now Hampshire County Council has produced posters and is advertising on the radio and in cinemas to underline the warning.

Council leader Ken Thornber told the news provider that texting or speaking on the phone while driving is a distraction which puts drivers and other road users in danger.

"Our advice is not to use your mobile when driving, or if you're calling someone who is driving, say you will phone back later and hang up," he added.

Posted by Rick Malone

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