Ten million drivers using phones at wheel, despite higher penalties, study says

Latest news Ten million drivers using phones at wheel, despite higher penalties, study says
Nearly half of drivers between 25 and 34 admit "returning to their old ways," the RAC says, a 7% increase on the year before.

Research by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) said 47% of motorists aged between 25 and 34 admitted making or receiving calls while driving, up seven percent from the previous year.

A quarter (25%) of drivers in all age groups - equivalent to 10m people - said they had done so, an increase of one point from 24% in 2017.

The RAC found 36% of motorists in the 25-34 age group and 29% of those between 35 and 44 used a phone to send texts, post on social media or check emails while driving, a 10% rise on the previous year and back to the same level as in 2016.

Thirty-nine percent of drivers in the 35-44 age group admitted to making or receiving calls while driving, and 54% said they do so while stationary.

Almost a third of drivers (30%) aged 25 to 34 admit to taking photos, selfies or videos while driving, more than double the proportion of all drivers who do this (16%).

The worst area is London, where 52% of drivers say they make or take calls using a handheld phone while driving, up 16% from 2017 and higher than in 2016 (47%).

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