Nearly a third of drivers cannot stop themselves from texting at the wheel despite the risks involved, a study has found.
Road safety organisation Brake revealed that 8% of those polled send text messages on the road at least once each week.
The latest findings follow a report by Ofcom which warned more smartphone users in the UK are becoming addicted to their devices.
The watchdog found that many are unable to refrain from checking their phones while driving.
The charity Brake said that, according to other research, sending a text while driving may increase the chances of causing an accident by 23 times.
Drivers also suffer a high level of distraction if they use a phone to check emails or browse websites, the campaign group said.
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