Calls to end all mo­bile use in cars

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

A CALL to ban the use of all mo­bile phone use by driv­ers – even hands free – has come from the road safety char­ity Brake. It wants em­ploy­ers to ban all phone use for em­ploy­ees driv­ing on com­pany time and to tell staff to end calls with any­one who picks up while driv­ing. The cam­paign is be­ing launched al­most a decade af­ter hand­held mo­biles were banned at the wheel.

Brake is con­cerned at the ex­tent of driver dis­trac­tion on UK roads. Of the 575,000 driv­ers spot­ted us­ing their phones or oth­er­wise be­ing dis­tracted, one in 15 (6.5 per cent) have six points or more for sim­i­lar of­fences and 78 per cent are male. Sixty two per cent of chil­dren re­port be­ing driven by a driver talk­ing on a phone and nearly 79 per cent have seen driv­ers on mo­bile phones out­side their school or home.

The cam­paign is be­ing sup­ported by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Chief Po­lice Of­fi­cers.

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