Mobile phone use at the wheel is ‘largely unchallenged’ –

The 2015 figure represents a 43% decrease on the previous 12 months. Pete Williams, the RAC’s road safety spokesman, said an “epidemic” of handheld mobile phone use has been allowed to “sweep across the country largely unchallenged”.

The motoring organisation published the results of a survey of more than 1,700 UK drivers last month which showed that almost one in three (31%) admit to using a handheld phone behind the wheel, compared with just 8% in 2014.

The RAC believes a 27% fall in the number of full-time dedicated roads policing officers in England and Wales (excluding London) between 2010 and 2015 has left drivers with no fear they will be stopped.


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