This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition National Safety Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Distracted Driving
The most recent awareness campaign was in 2012; since then the role of devices in our lives has hugely increased.
We believe a national safety campaign should be created that clearly and memorably restates the law and highlights the dangers and impact of using a hand-held device when driving.
Whilst it has been illegal to use a handheld mobile phone when driving since 2003, there is significant research that shows motorists continue to use their devices incorrectly:
- 95% of motorists stated that they regularly see other drivers looking at their phones in stationary traffic
- DoT figures show that motorists using their phones were involved in 3,611 crashes between 2009 and 2014.
- 1 in 5 UK motorists admit accessing social networking sites on their mobile phone while driving.
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