Ban the Mobile Menace
RoadPeace supports a ban on all phone use whilst driving, including hands-free.
Studies show that drivers using mobile phones are more dangerous than drink drivers.
We ban first time drink drivers, so why aren’t we banning drivers using mobiles?
The dangers of driving while distracted by using a phone involved
Hand held mobile phone
• Drivers’ reaction times are 50% slower than under normal driving conditions.
• Drivers using hand held mobile phones are worse at maintaining speed and maintaining distance with the vehicle in front (longitudinal control) than drunk drivers
• Drivers’ using hand-held mobile phone missed significantly more road warning signs than when drunk.
Direct Line commissioned the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to research and quantify the dangers of using a mobile phone when driving. The TRL driving simulator was used by an experienced group of twenty males and females between the ages of 21 and 45. (2002).
Hands free (not risk free) mobile phone
• Drivers’ reaction times are 30% slower than drink drivers.
• Drivers’ concentration levels are reduced for as much as 10 minutes after a conversation whilst driving.
Direct Line commissioned TRL to undertake extensive research on the dangers of using a mobile phone when driving. The TRL driving simulator was used by an experienced group of twenty males and females between the ages of 21 – 45. (2007)
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Texting is even worse
• Steering control deteriorated by as much as 91%.
• Reaction time decreased by 35% - almost 3 times that of drink drivers.
RAC Foundation commissioned TRL to study the impairment caused by texting whilst driving. A CarSIM was used by 17 young drivers aged between 18 – 24. (2008).
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• £60 and 3 penalty points although unsafe drivers can be charged with careless or dangerous driving if the driving is considered particularly unsafe.