Motor insurance: 'Motorists risk collisions due to antics'

Friday, 11 January 2008

Drivers in the Wearside area are risking major accidents by carrying out tasks at the wheel of their cars, according to new figures released.

The Northumbria Safer Roads Partnership stated that a number of distractions, such as talking on a mobile telephone and eating, have meant that people are not giving their full attention to the road, reports the Sunderland Echo.

In the mobile bracket alone, 303 drivers have been convicted since a ban came into being last year, it asserted.

An official from the partnership, Jeremy Forsberg, claimed that the organisation is attempting to eradicate such behaviour.

"We've had cases where two people have been kissing, while a common one is parents turning around to talk to their children, oblivious to what's happening on the road," he told the publication.

He added that if people begin to collect points on the driving licences, they may start to look with more force at the situation.

Motorists caught behaving erratically could see their motor insurance premiums impacted upon.

Cameras that can capture motorists eating at the wheel were recently taken on by officials at North Wales Police, the Daily Post Reported.

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