Calls to end all mobile use in cars
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.