UK drivers flout mobile ban

Ten per cent still on the blower

One in ten drivers still routinely use mobile phones while driving, despite being well aware of the ban introduced late last year.

The law on mobile use changed in December and drivers caught making a call while driving face a £30 fixed-penalty fine or up to £1,000 if taken to court and convicted.

Although 99 per cent of drivers are aware of the ban, and three quarters of people agreed that using a mobile phone severely impaired their ability to drive safely, some continue to chat with impunity.

Companies could do more too - only a quarter of people had received updated company policy on mobile use.

The survey, carried out for breakdown and insurance firm Green Flag, questioned 700 people between 16-18 January 2004.

Only two respondents had been warned by the police for using their phones and only one had received a formal caution.

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