You are four times more likely to crash when using a mobile phone and driving. Research notes, driver distraction plays a role in 20-30% of all road collisions therefore phone usage and driving is a real concern and one we all need consider.
Phone calls, text messages and internet usage are all part of enjoying life but while driving we need to consider others and their ongoing enjoyment of life.
- Research by the UK Department for Transport showed that 378 accidents, resulting in 548 casualties, including 17 fatalities, were directly attributed to mobile phone use in 2012.
- The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million car crashes each year. cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.
- In Ireland 2008 to 2009, the number of penalty points issued for driving while using a mobile phone increased by 70% — from 44,624 to 75,040. (Source: RSA)