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Almost half of UK drivers are still clueless that from next month using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will be illegal.

The survey from the Association of British Drivers (ABD) and hands-free kit maker, JABRA, supports research from a leading motoring organisation last month which revealed widespread ignorance concerning the new legislation.

According to the latest survey, four in ten drivers are unaware that the legislation is coming into force from December 1. What's more, a quarter of those who were aware of the new legislation said it would not stop them from using a hand-held mobile while driving.

The survey found that younger drivers were more likely to flout the new law even though half of all those quizzed admitted that using a cellphone affected their driving.

ABD is concerned that not enough people are aware of the law change and called on motorists to be given more information ahead of the December 1 deadline.

Said ABD spokesman, Nigel Humphries: "To avoid widespread non-compliance of the new legislation, there is a clear need for the Government and the mobile industry to tell drivers exactly what is legal and what isn't, and to provide positive guidance on making calls safely rather than simply telling people not to do it."

Drivers caught using their phones illegally could face a fine up to £1,000. ®

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