'Drivers still break mobile rules'

A survey has revealed that many motorists are still using mobile phones while driving despite the introduction of tougher rules three years ago.

The YouGov poll for car parts company Halfords said drivers were still breaking the law by using hand-held mobiles for making and receiving calls and texting, as well as using the internet and even checking posts on Facebook and Twitter.

As many as 31% of the 2,100 adults surveyed confessed to taking a call while driving, and 22% said they had called someone.

Twenty-eight per cent said they had read a text while at the wheel, and 18% had sent one.

According to the survey, 5% of motorists had read a post on Facebook, Twitter or another social website, while 2% confessed to posting on Facebook or sending an email while driving.

Around 3% read their emails while behind the wheel and 2% said they had used the internet while driving to check traffic reports and find directions.

Some defended their in-car internet use by claiming they only did it when in stationary traffic or at traffic lights, although this is also illegal.

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