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UK Drivers are so naughty.:grin:

New research has revealed that motorists are using their smartphones to take selfies, take part in video chat and even watch videos while driving.

The study – undertaken by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) – asked 502 drivers nationwide how they use smartphones and tablets while at the wheel.

The results show that 9% of drivers admitted to taking a selfie while driving in the last month. Even more worrying, considering the disproportionately high number of road casualties among the young, is the revelation that 15% of drivers aged 18-24 and 19% of 25-35-year-olds admitted to taking selfies while driving.

Men are worse offenders than women: 12% admitted to taking selfies, compared to 5% of women.

In addition, 8% of drivers admitted to making video calls using the likes of FaceTime or Skype, a figure that increased to 16% of 18-24-year-olds.

The research also uncovered that 7% of drivers admitted watching videos and catch-up television on the road, rising to 13% of drivers aged 18-24 and 15% of 25-34-year-olds. In addition, 18% of drivers have surfed the internet on a smartphone or tablet, with to 27% of drivers aged 18-24 and 34% of drivers aged 25-34.

However, the number of drivers fined and given penalty points for using a smartphone at the wheel fell by over 40% in 2014.

IAM’s chief executive officer, Sarah Sillars said: “Everyone knows how dangerous using a smartphone or tablet is while driving. That’s why it’s shocking to see new trends like taking selfies and making video calls becoming common practice.

“Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility and more must be done to catch drivers using these devices dangerously by increasing the fines and points for smartphone and tablet use at the wheel – there is simply no excuse.

“Campaigns must also be introduced that raise awareness of the prevalence of the issue in society and make this behaviour socially unacceptable as drink-driving”.
 
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