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Distracted drivers put lives at risk

05 August 2015

Switch off before you drive off – that’s Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership’s message after research revealed that nearly a fifth of drivers go online using their phone or tablet while driving.

The IAM survey also revealed that: 

• nine per cent of drivers have taken a selfie while driving in the last month 
• eight per cent of motorists take part in video calls while driving 
• seven per cent of drivers watch videos or catch-up TV while on the road

Interim partnership manager Matt Pickard said: “Please don’t put lives at risk by driving while distracted. If you’re using a mobile or tablet you can’t give the road your full attention – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

“Getting distracted by technology is an even bigger problem among younger drivers, according to the survey. Breaking down the figures by age group reveals that more than a third of 25-34 year-olds and over a quarter of 18-24 year-olds go online while driving”  

To see the full survey results of the IAM survey, visit: www.iam.org.uk