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Phone use while driving has gotten worse – AA Ireland survey

According to a new survey from AA Ireland, nearly half of Irish motorists think that phone use while driving has been getting worse over the past two years.

With 48.2% of respondents saying that the overall problem has gotten worse, less than one in 5 said that it has gotten better.

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Nearly 79% of Irish motorists stated that they have seen other drivers using their phones for handheld texting or calling either often or occasionally.

Only 5% of drivers said that they have not seen another driver on their phone in the last year.

However, only 1.6% of respondents admitted to using their phones while driving while 59.7% said that they have never done so.

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Just 4.5% of respondents said that they used their phones to send a text, make a handheld call or check a notification when stopped in traffic or at a red light.

Last year, gardaí issued 24,474 fixed charged penalty notices for mobile phone use while driving.

Currently, handheld phone use while driving, including having it cradled between your neck and shoulder, can result in a €60 fixed penalty charge notice and three penalty points on your driver licence.

However, the majority of the survey respondents wanted to see stronger penalties for phone use while driving.

IMAGE – “Using a mobile phone while driving stock” (CC BY 2.0) by DPP Law

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