POLL: More than four out of 10 young drivers text at the wheel, survey reveals

Malvern Gazette: Use of hand-held mobile phones at the wheel has fallen, the survey shows Use of hand-held mobile phones at the wheel has fallen, the survey shows

THE number of motorists using hand-free kits to chat on their mobile phones while driving has increased, according to a new survey.

A decade after hand-held mobiles were banned at the wheel, road safety group Brake is renewing its call to ban hands-free kits, as a survey by the group and Direct Line revealed almost half (45 per cent) of drivers admit to chatting when driving.

While the use of hand-held phones by drivers has dropped, hands-free use has risen.

Brake and Direct Line's survey reveals:
• Almost half (45 per cent) of drivers admit to talking on a phone at the wheel, down from 54 per cent in 2006
• Hand-held use has dropped to one in eight (13 per cent), from over a third (36 per cent) in 2006
• Hands-free use has risen to nearly four in 10 (38 per cent), from one in five (22 per cent) in 2006

The survey also found that texting at the wheel is a widespread menace, with three in 10 of all drivers (30 per cent) admitting sending or reading messages while driving, and an even higher proportion of young drivers (age 18-24) - more than four in 10 (44 per cent) - doing so.

Brake calls for a total ban on mobile phone use at the wheel and the prioritisation of traffic policing by government to help enforce it.

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8:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

denon says...

I don't have a mobile phone. Ccould someone explain if speaking on a hands free set is considered dangerous, does it follow that talking to passengers is dangerous?.
I don't have a mobile phone. Ccould someone explain if speaking on a hands free set is considered dangerous, does it follow that talking to passengers is dangerous?. denon
  • Score: -4

9:04am Tue 22 Apr 14

pudniw_gib says...

Hands free is not safe... you are still distracted by it. Chatting with a passenger must be somewhat safer as you are both in the vehicle.. and both can see whats going on outside the car etc.
I am amazed that so many people are still driving with phones clamped to their ears. Often it is young women in town,.. but out of town on main roads at speed its usually men doing it .
Its a dumb thing to do.
Hands free is not safe... you are still distracted by it. Chatting with a passenger must be somewhat safer as you are both in the vehicle.. and both can see whats going on outside the car etc. I am amazed that so many people are still driving with phones clamped to their ears. Often it is young women in town,.. but out of town on main roads at speed its usually men doing it . Its a dumb thing to do. pudniw_gib
  • Score: 8

9:17am Tue 22 Apr 14

CJH says...

I don't get what can be so urgent that they have to endanger their own lives, and other peoples. Are they arrogant or stupid? Or are their lives so inadequate that they allow themselves to be controlled like Pavlov's dogs? Sad.
I don't get what can be so urgent that they have to endanger their own lives, and other peoples. Are they arrogant or stupid? Or are their lives so inadequate that they allow themselves to be controlled like Pavlov's dogs? Sad. CJH
  • Score: 12

9:27am Tue 22 Apr 14

Mobey says...

Pity you can't name and shame people who click yes often!
Pity you can't name and shame people who click yes often! Mobey
  • Score: 8

9:36am Tue 22 Apr 14

Guy66 says...

Mobey wrote:
Pity you can't name and shame people who click yes often!
Becasue we all know that people are brutally honest in these polls!
[quote][p][bold]Mobey[/bold] wrote: Pity you can't name and shame people who click yes often![/p][/quote]Becasue we all know that people are brutally honest in these polls! Guy66
  • Score: 5

10:54am Tue 22 Apr 14

mummyticklemonster says...

Mobile phones should be banned completely in cars. If they desperately need to speak on the mobile they should park SAFELY, and get out of the vehicle, not stop on double yellow lines and think its ok that other drivers should manoeuvre around them.
Mobile phones should be banned completely in cars. If they desperately need to speak on the mobile they should park SAFELY, and get out of the vehicle, not stop on double yellow lines and think its ok that other drivers should manoeuvre around them. mummyticklemonster
  • Score: 9

11:39am Tue 22 Apr 14

mack18 says...

In my opinion hands free mobile phone kits are as distracting to the driver as are dogs allowed to move freely within the vehicle.
In my opinion hands free mobile phone kits are as distracting to the driver as are dogs allowed to move freely within the vehicle. mack18
  • Score: 12

12:17pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

The amount of drivers i see using a mobile, either talking on or quite obviously texting while driving is staggering. The traffic at lights doesn't start moving - a driver is busy looking down texting. A car veers around a roundabout - the driver is quite obviously texting. A car approaches while you are waiting to pull out of a junction, without signalling, the driver turns in - the reason no indication was given? The driver had one hand on the wheel and one holding the phone to their ear, no hands left to drive properly.
How about and automatic 1 year minimum ban for those driving whilst distracted by texting or phoning, the same minimum ban as for driving under the influence.
The amount of drivers i see using a mobile, either talking on or quite obviously texting while driving is staggering. The traffic at lights doesn't start moving - a driver is busy looking down texting. A car veers around a roundabout - the driver is quite obviously texting. A car approaches while you are waiting to pull out of a junction, without signalling, the driver turns in - the reason no indication was given? The driver had one hand on the wheel and one holding the phone to their ear, no hands left to drive properly. How about and automatic 1 year minimum ban for those driving whilst distracted by texting or phoning, the same minimum ban as for driving under the influence. Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 15

12:37pm Tue 22 Apr 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Coming down the motorway in a coach the other day, I saw a woman obviously talking on a hands-free - and she was driving hands-free as well!
Coming down the motorway in a coach the other day, I saw a woman obviously talking on a hands-free - and she was driving hands-free as well! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 10

12:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Redhillman says...

Mobile phones have a similar effect on people as the cars they're using them in. Basically, they rule people's lives and change their attitude towards awareness and safety, where it's "I don't give a toss about anyone else, I can do what i want, I'm in my own little world, so tough".

And the Police don't help matters because they simply can't be asked to enforce driving habits which pose more of a danger than mild excessive speeding, like driving through red lights, weaving, suddenly pulling out in front of someone, going the wrong way along a one-way street, not paying attention or using phones while driving for example. The Police take the easy option when targeting motorists, which means doing them for speeding only and nothing else.
Mobile phones have a similar effect on people as the cars they're using them in. Basically, they rule people's lives and change their attitude towards awareness and safety, where it's "I don't give a toss about anyone else, I can do what i want, I'm in my own little world, so tough". And the Police don't help matters because they simply can't be asked to enforce driving habits which pose more of a danger than mild excessive speeding, like driving through red lights, weaving, suddenly pulling out in front of someone, going the wrong way along a one-way street, not paying attention or using phones while driving for example. The Police take the easy option when targeting motorists, which means doing them for speeding only and nothing else. Redhillman
  • Score: 11

3:47pm Tue 22 Apr 14

canuck7 says...

In my regular commuting aroung worcester city by cycle, i see many many car drivers filtering along in traffic slowly, and they have their I phones hidden in their laps out of sight from plod in cars, i even notice as well as texting they are on facebook and you tube!!. they often give a cursory glance upwards to see where they are going. the old bill could make a killin in fines and penalty points but imagine the uproar....
In my regular commuting aroung worcester city by cycle, i see many many car drivers filtering along in traffic slowly, and they have their I phones hidden in their laps out of sight from plod in cars, i even notice as well as texting they are on facebook and you tube!!. they often give a cursory glance upwards to see where they are going. the old bill could make a killin in fines and penalty points but imagine the uproar.... canuck7
  • Score: 15

9:16am Wed 23 Apr 14

New Kid on the Block says...

canuck7 wrote:
In my regular commuting aroung worcester city by cycle, i see many many car drivers filtering along in traffic slowly, and they have their I phones hidden in their laps out of sight from plod in cars, i even notice as well as texting they are on facebook and you tube!!. they often give a cursory glance upwards to see where they are going. the old bill could make a killin in fines and penalty points but imagine the uproar....
Sounds like a job for a bicycling Bobby. A helmet mounted camera would soon gather the evidence.
I wonder how many he would have to nick before there was an uproar. The word might go round then not to do it in Worcester.
[quote][p][bold]canuck7[/bold] wrote: In my regular commuting aroung worcester city by cycle, i see many many car drivers filtering along in traffic slowly, and they have their I phones hidden in their laps out of sight from plod in cars, i even notice as well as texting they are on facebook and you tube!!. they often give a cursory glance upwards to see where they are going. the old bill could make a killin in fines and penalty points but imagine the uproar....[/p][/quote]Sounds like a job for a bicycling Bobby. A helmet mounted camera would soon gather the evidence. I wonder how many he would have to nick before there was an uproar. The word might go round then not to do it in Worcester. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 12

2:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

CityBlueBoy says...

Sort the bad drivers out before the idiots on phones, usually posh idiots in BMW's, Mercs or Audi's overtaking when they are not safe to do so !!

I have a bluetooth handsfree kit, I dont touch my phone when I get in the car, the phone connects automatically, when a call comes in its voice activated, simply say yes if I want to take the call. Most cars are now equipped with handsfree kits, but to be honest how some of them can be classed as handsfree when you have to press a button to dial a certain number or to accept / reject a call is beyond me !
Sort the bad drivers out before the idiots on phones, usually posh idiots in BMW's, Mercs or Audi's overtaking when they are not safe to do so !! I have a bluetooth handsfree kit, I dont touch my phone when I get in the car, the phone connects automatically, when a call comes in its voice activated, simply say yes if I want to take the call. Most cars are now equipped with handsfree kits, but to be honest how some of them can be classed as handsfree when you have to press a button to dial a certain number or to accept / reject a call is beyond me ! CityBlueBoy
  • Score: 5

4:48pm Wed 23 Apr 14

reflector says...

On my way home last evening on a comparatively short journey I counted three drivers (two in cars and a white van man) with phones to their ears driving one handed.

It's high time that the existing law was properly enforced and that the penalties were increased so that they actually deter these idiots who so blatantly ignore it. The fixed penalty is peanuts compared to the cost of running a vehicle and a 3 point penalty is clearly is no deterrant so I would replace it with an immediate one month's ban as a warning as well as 6 points on the licence to contribute to a further ban.

A second or subsequent offence should attract a much longer immediate disqualification of at least 12 months plus a substantial fine. This is an offence for which there can be no excuse whatsoever and the penalties need to reflect that but, of course, without rigid enforcement people will still be inclined to risk it.
On my way home last evening on a comparatively short journey I counted three drivers (two in cars and a white van man) with phones to their ears driving one handed. It's high time that the existing law was properly enforced and that the penalties were increased so that they actually deter these idiots who so blatantly ignore it. The fixed penalty is peanuts compared to the cost of running a vehicle and a 3 point penalty is clearly is no deterrant so I would replace it with an immediate one month's ban as a warning as well as 6 points on the licence to contribute to a further ban. A second or subsequent offence should attract a much longer immediate disqualification of at least 12 months plus a substantial fine. This is an offence for which there can be no excuse whatsoever and the penalties need to reflect that but, of course, without rigid enforcement people will still be inclined to risk it. reflector
  • Score: 9

8:50am Thu 24 Apr 14

canuck7 says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
canuck7 wrote:
In my regular commuting aroung worcester city by cycle, i see many many car drivers filtering along in traffic slowly, and they have their I phones hidden in their laps out of sight from plod in cars, i even notice as well as texting they are on facebook and you tube!!. they often give a cursory glance upwards to see where they are going. the old bill could make a killin in fines and penalty points but imagine the uproar....
Sounds like a job for a bicycling Bobby. A helmet mounted camera would soon gather the evidence.
I wonder how many he would have to nick before there was an uproar. The word might go round then not to do it in Worcester.
A bicycling bobby? - you made me laugh! their to lazy too get their fat ar_es out their cars. i do agree it would work through if put inot practise.
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]canuck7[/bold] wrote: In my regular commuting aroung worcester city by cycle, i see many many car drivers filtering along in traffic slowly, and they have their I phones hidden in their laps out of sight from plod in cars, i even notice as well as texting they are on facebook and you tube!!. they often give a cursory glance upwards to see where they are going. the old bill could make a killin in fines and penalty points but imagine the uproar....[/p][/quote]Sounds like a job for a bicycling Bobby. A helmet mounted camera would soon gather the evidence. I wonder how many he would have to nick before there was an uproar. The word might go round then not to do it in Worcester.[/p][/quote]A bicycling bobby? - you made me laugh! their to lazy too get their fat ar_es out their cars. i do agree it would work through if put inot practise. canuck7
  • Score: 6

8:57am Thu 24 Apr 14

canuck7 says...

reflector wrote:
On my way home last evening on a comparatively short journey I counted three drivers (two in cars and a white van man) with phones to their ears driving one handed.

It's high time that the existing law was properly enforced and that the penalties were increased so that they actually deter these idiots who so blatantly ignore it. The fixed penalty is peanuts compared to the cost of running a vehicle and a 3 point penalty is clearly is no deterrant so I would replace it with an immediate one month's ban as a warning as well as 6 points on the licence to contribute to a further ban.

A second or subsequent offence should attract a much longer immediate disqualification of at least 12 months plus a substantial fine. This is an offence for which there can be no excuse whatsoever and the penalties need to reflect that but, of course, without rigid enforcement people will still be inclined to risk it.
Yes agreed , so so many texting, chatting i see every day. i am disgusted at the lack of any action by the authorites. of course, when it is put too them the reason given is they {the police], lack the resources to have a massive "clampdown". so then responsibiity falls on the government for faliing to protect the public? i agree with many of you on here wh oare saying it should be an AUTOMATIC ban when cought, no if's and's or but's. a minimum 3 month ban 1st offence them a one year ban 2nd offence. Mr Robbin Walker- are you listening yet to you'e constituents who voted you in??
[quote][p][bold]reflector[/bold] wrote: On my way home last evening on a comparatively short journey I counted three drivers (two in cars and a white van man) with phones to their ears driving one handed. It's high time that the existing law was properly enforced and that the penalties were increased so that they actually deter these idiots who so blatantly ignore it. The fixed penalty is peanuts compared to the cost of running a vehicle and a 3 point penalty is clearly is no deterrant so I would replace it with an immediate one month's ban as a warning as well as 6 points on the licence to contribute to a further ban. A second or subsequent offence should attract a much longer immediate disqualification of at least 12 months plus a substantial fine. This is an offence for which there can be no excuse whatsoever and the penalties need to reflect that but, of course, without rigid enforcement people will still be inclined to risk it.[/p][/quote]Yes agreed , so so many texting, chatting i see every day. i am disgusted at the lack of any action by the authorites. of course, when it is put too them the reason given is they {the police], lack the resources to have a massive "clampdown". so then responsibiity falls on the government for faliing to protect the public? i agree with many of you on here wh oare saying it should be an AUTOMATIC ban when cought, no if's and's or but's. a minimum 3 month ban 1st offence them a one year ban 2nd offence. Mr Robbin Walker- are you listening yet to you'e constituents who voted you in?? canuck7
  • Score: 8

10:14am Thu 24 Apr 14

Saintinexile says...

As I crossed the entrance road to a supermarket the other day, a car turned in without indicating. As I berated the driver for almost hitting me, she wound down the window and yelled that she couldn't use the indicator because "I've got my effin phone in my hand haven't I "... I kid you not
As I crossed the entrance road to a supermarket the other day, a car turned in without indicating. As I berated the driver for almost hitting me, she wound down the window and yelled that she couldn't use the indicator because "I've got my effin phone in my hand haven't I "... I kid you not Saintinexile
  • Score: 10

7:14pm Thu 24 Apr 14

DarrenM says...

"While the use of hand-held phones by drivers has dropped, hands-free use has risen."
What's your degree in? Stating the bl**dy obvious?" The law abiding are going to switch from holding the phone to using a hands free kit.

Its also perfectly legal for me to have my phone in a holder and tap away at the buttons using the phone in speaker mode. Its only an offence to "hold" the phone.

I can't see how outside of some rather flawed tests carried out by the dutch a couple of years ago that using a hands-free is any different to using a CB Radio (allowed by law) using an Emergency Services Radio (allowed by law), using a licensed Personal Mobile Radio (allowed by law) etc etc etc.
"While the use of hand-held phones by drivers has dropped, hands-free use has risen." What's your degree in? Stating the bl**dy obvious?" The law abiding are going to switch from holding the phone to using a hands free kit. Its also perfectly legal for me to have my phone in a holder and tap away at the buttons using the phone in speaker mode. Its only an offence to "hold" the phone. I can't see how outside of some rather flawed tests carried out by the dutch a couple of years ago that using a hands-free is any different to using a CB Radio (allowed by law) using an Emergency Services Radio (allowed by law), using a licensed Personal Mobile Radio (allowed by law) etc etc etc. DarrenM
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Thu 24 Apr 14

The Villan says...

It makes you wonder how we got on as a nation prior to the mobile phone and social media! The funny thing is, we did!

Bad the bloody things altogether in a vehicle, unless it's a real emergency I'm sure the call can wait.
It makes you wonder how we got on as a nation prior to the mobile phone and social media! The funny thing is, we did! Bad the bloody things altogether in a vehicle, unless it's a real emergency I'm sure the call can wait. The Villan
  • Score: 9

9:08pm Thu 24 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

DarrenM wrote:
"While the use of hand-held phones by drivers has dropped, hands-free use has risen."
What's your degree in? Stating the bl**dy obvious?" The law abiding are going to switch from holding the phone to using a hands free kit.

Its also perfectly legal for me to have my phone in a holder and tap away at the buttons using the phone in speaker mode. Its only an offence to "hold" the phone.

I can't see how outside of some rather flawed tests carried out by the dutch a couple of years ago that using a hands-free is any different to using a CB Radio (allowed by law) using an Emergency Services Radio (allowed by law), using a licensed Personal Mobile Radio (allowed by law) etc etc etc.
Yep. Ban the lot. If you're driving a potential lethal weapon you need to be fully concentrating on the road ahead and that includes cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: "While the use of hand-held phones by drivers has dropped, hands-free use has risen." What's your degree in? Stating the bl**dy obvious?" The law abiding are going to switch from holding the phone to using a hands free kit. Its also perfectly legal for me to have my phone in a holder and tap away at the buttons using the phone in speaker mode. Its only an offence to "hold" the phone. I can't see how outside of some rather flawed tests carried out by the dutch a couple of years ago that using a hands-free is any different to using a CB Radio (allowed by law) using an Emergency Services Radio (allowed by law), using a licensed Personal Mobile Radio (allowed by law) etc etc etc.[/p][/quote]Yep. Ban the lot. If you're driving a potential lethal weapon you need to be fully concentrating on the road ahead and that includes cyclists. i-cycle
  • Score: 7

12:08pm Fri 25 Apr 14

MrWXYZ says...

I presume all the people wanting to increase the penalty also want the penalty for driving with undue care and attention increased?
Yes everyday you see people on phones driving, but you see countless other cases of driving that become dangerous because of not paying proper attention. Thats not to say i'm defending people not paying attention because of a phone, but be nice if everyone tried to pay attention rather than just jumping on the phone bandwagon
I presume all the people wanting to increase the penalty also want the penalty for driving with undue care and attention increased? Yes everyday you see people on phones driving, but you see countless other cases of driving that become dangerous because of not paying proper attention. Thats not to say i'm defending people not paying attention because of a phone, but be nice if everyone tried to pay attention rather than just jumping on the phone bandwagon MrWXYZ
  • Score: 0

10:42am Mon 28 Apr 14

lauralouise90 says...

I have seen a lot of people texting or on the phone at traffic lights - which is obviously illegal.... Making bluetooth handsets also illegal isn't the answer though... next it'll be talking to others in the car or having more than one passenger!

Laura
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I have seen a lot of people texting or on the phone at traffic lights - which is obviously illegal.... Making bluetooth handsets also illegal isn't the answer though... next it'll be talking to others in the car or having more than one passenger! Laura http://www.atseuroma ster.co.uk/mobile-ty re-fitting.htm lauralouise90
  • Score: -1

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