New analysis has revealed that just about one-in-five of drivers aged 17-24 admit to participating in video calls whereas behind the wheel.
The rise in recognition of the likes of FaceTime, Fb Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat for video calls “is posing a brand new and current hazard on the UK’s roads”, claims the RAC.
Youthful drivers are greater than twice as prone to say they make or obtain video calls whereas driving – on common 8% of all UK drivers say they do that, with the determine rising to 13% amongst these aged 25 to 44.
Equally worrying is the discovering that just below one-in-10 drivers aged 17 to 24 (9%) say they play video games on their telephones whereas driving, making them three-times extra possible to do that in comparison with the typical UK driver.
Different drivers’ use of handheld telephones is the second largest general motoring-related concern recognized within the 2020 RAC Report on Motoring analysis, after the state of native roads. A 3rd of all UK drivers surveyed (32%) say the difficulty issues them and strikingly practically eight-in-10 (79%) now need to see digicam expertise launched to catch drivers appearing illegally.
Alarmingly, 29% of drivers of all ages in 2020 say they make and obtain calls on handheld telephones whereas driving, that’s 5% greater than final 12 months and the best proportion since 2016.
What drivers throughout the UK are admitting to doing
|Kind of handheld cell phone use whereas driving||2020 and 2019 determine (all drivers)||2020 and 2019 determine (drivers aged 17-24)|
|Make and obtain calls||29%, up from 23%||42%, down from 51%|
|Ship texts, social media posts or use the web||8%, down from 14%||15%, down from 37%|
|Examine texts, social media posts or app notifications||14%, down from 17%||22%, down from 35%|
|Take images or report video||6%, down from 13%||14%, down from 35%|
|Make or obtain video calls||8%||18%|
|Play a recreation on a cell phone||3%||9%|
“Our figures spotlight what many drivers already know – that the issue of unlawful telephone use on the wheel has removed from disappeared,” mentioned RAC street security spokesperson Simon Williams.
“Whereas there’s been a discount in some components of this harmful exercise, extra individuals say they’re making and taking calls now than at any level since 2016, shortly earlier than more durable penalties had been launched.”
Inspector Frazer Davey of the Avon and Somerset Police Roads Policing unit added: “The significance of concentrating in your driving can’t be overstated. Utilizing a cell phone whereas answerable for a automotive places you and everybody else in danger.
“The results of permitting your self to be distracted while you’re driving could be catastrophic. It’s merely not price it.”