Rise in number of drivers texting

A new survey has found that more drivers than ever are putting the lives of other road users as well as their own at risk by texting, phoning or checking social networks on a mobile phone while at the wheel.

Those caught using a hand held phone while driving face a £60 fine and three penalty points, which would likely increase their car insurance premiums.

The poll forHalfords shows that tougher laws introduced four years ago are not working, while many motorists are also ignoring campaigns calling for the use of hands-free kits or for staying off the phone.

The survey found a 25% year-on-year increase in the number of motorists confessing to checking texts while at the wheel.

The number of drivers who check social networking sites from their car has doubled, while 29% more people admit to making and receiving calls while driving, compared with the corresponding period in the previous year.

Some 41% admit to answering a call while driving, while 29% confessed to making at least one call while at the wheel last year.

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