A new study by Kent County Council’s Road Safety Team has found that a third of drivers in the county use their mobile phones while driving, including texting or accessing social networks, despite knowing it is dangerous and illegal.
2015 research has found that:
- 59% of drivers admitted that mobile phones were a distraction to drivers
- 33% of those aged under 35 admitted to using their phone whilst driving to text or access apps
- 21% of all drivers admitted to using their phone whilst driving to text or access apps
- 37% of those aged under 35 admitted to taking a hand-held call whilst driving
- 27% of all drivers admitted to taking a hand-held call whilst driving
With research indicating that some individuals find it acceptable to use their mobile phone and drive, this campaign seeks to remind drivers that using phones, either hand-held or hands free whilst driving, places them and other road users in unnecessary and avoidable danger.
No matter what information you’re getting from your phone, nothing is worth risking your own life and the lives of those around you. It really can wait.
Kent County Council