There is growing concern among motorists about the irresponsible and potentially highly dangerous behaviour of other road users. More than two in five (41%) of motorists say that drivers using handheld mobile phones – whether to make and receive calls, send text messages, or browse the internet – is one of their top four concerns, up from a third (34%) in 2015 – a higher percentage than for any other issue.
And 13% of drivers say that use of handheld phones by other motorists is their number-one concern in 2016 – only the condition and maintenance of local roads (14%) is cited as a bigger issue.
There has also been a rise in overall concern about other drivers breaking traffic laws: 23% say this is a top-four concern, up from 19% last year.
Overall concern about drink-driving is high but has fallen (22% now cite this as a top-four concern, down from 29% in 2015). Likewise, concern about driving under the influence of illegal drugs or banned prescription medication is down by a small amount (total concern is 17% compared with 19% last year).
There is growing concern among motorists about the irresponsible and potentially highly dangerous behaviour of other road users.