Driving: Mobile Phones

Department for Transport written question – answered on 18th May 2021.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they hold on the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers; and what public information programmes, if any, they are planning to remind drivers of the laws on mobile phone use.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone constitute a serious danger both to themselves and to other road users. According to the Department’s most recent observational survey in 2017, 1.1% of drivers were observed using a hand-held mobile phone while driving on weekdays in Great Britain. The Government has consulted on changing the law to broaden the offence and make it easier for the police to enforce it.

It is important that we get the message across that using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is unacceptable. This summer THINK! will launch a large-scale campaign which will highlight the respect young men have for their friends who don’t take risks when driving; they are planning a mobiles-specific campaign based on this theme later in the year.

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