Do UK Drivers Ignore Phone Driving Laws?
04 February 2019
In the UK it is an offence to use your phone while driving, you can only use a hands-free device and you are not allowed to touch your phone, even to answer a call or adjust your maps. Only when you are parked is it fully legal to use your phone. Worryingly, a recent survey revealed that so many British drivers ignore the laws on using their phones while driving. A new survey of over 2,300 UK drivers shows that these laws are frequently being broken. Drivers are regularly running the risk of landing fines and points or worse causing a collision as they scroll social media.
The top 5 offences were:
72% of people have sent a text while driving
61% have posted a status update to social media
57% have made a call without using a hands-free device
51% of people have posted a story to snapchat or Instagram
And 45% have taken photographs or selfies behind the wheel!
These figures are much higher than expected, despite the punishment for using a mobile while driving being doubled back in 2017. Now if you are caught you can land yourself with a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence! The worst figure from the survey is that almost half of people, 43%, said they had experienced near misses whilst they were busy on their phones!