Motorists muddled over mobile phone laws
61 per cent of motorists are unaware that texting whilst stationary behind the wheel is illegal.
July 10, 2014
The RAC have found no less than 61% of motorists still have not got the message that texting at the wheel of a stationary car with the engine on is against the law despite the fact it has been illegal since 2003.
More than half of motorists (53%) reported regularly seeing other people texting in stationary traffic during some of their journeys, while 29% claimed to see this during most journeys. For talking on a hand-held phone while driving, three quarters (75%) of motorists report regularly observing other people doing this.
There was a big difference in what motorists see being done by others and what they are prepared to admit to doing themselves as just 8% admitted to using a hand-held phone whilst driving.
RAC technical director David Bizley said: “The distraction caused by hand-held mobile phones ranks alongside the cost of fuel and the state of the roads as a major worry for motorists. Over a third (34%) worry about other drivers being distracted by talking on mobile phones while at the wheel.”