The rise in the number of smartphones offering access to users for their social media accounts has seen an increase in the number of people who are using their phones while driving. A poll conducted by the motoring organisation RAC revealed that some 40 per cent of motorists wanted to see a ban for those caught using their mobile phone while driving. The poll received responses from 1,000 people.
RAC warned that the temptation to check in online and look at social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook was quickly becoming the new breed of motoring offence. With more and more users signing up for social media sites and even more people now purchasing smartphones that offer easy access through a variety of apps and the increasing 3G coverage, getting updated has never been easier. Most people are aware of the dangers of talking on their mobile phone while driving without a hands free set. Regardless of the fines and penalty points that they will face if they are caught, however, many people are flouting laws when it comes to surfing and checking apps while driving.
Speaking about the problem, which is prevalent in drivers aged between 25 and 44, David Bizley, technical director at the RAC, said, “These offences don’t yet have the same social taboo that drink-driving now holds, which thanks to years of concerted campaigns has continued to decrease as a problem.”
Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, recently stated that he believed people should receive six penalty points on their licence for using their phones in any capacity when behind the wheel.