Using a hands-free mobile while driving must be made illegal, MPs demand

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ALL mobile phone use by motorists including hands-free should be outlawed, claim MPs.

They are demanding a blanket ban, making it a crime as “socially unacceptable” as drink-driving.

Using a hands-free mobile while driving must be made illegal, MPs demand
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A Commons Transport Committee report today will urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “overhaul current laws” to crack down on road deaths caused by drivers on their phones.

These have soared in the past decade while convictions have fallen, the committee reports.

Labour MP Lilian Greenwood, committee chairwoman, said: “There is a misleading impression that hands-free use is safe.

“The reality is that any use of a phone distracts from a driver’s ability to pay full attention and the Government should consider extending the ban to reflect this.”

In 2017, there were 773 casualties, including 43 deaths, in collisions where use of a mobile was a contributory factor.

This has rocketed by more than 50 per cent since 2009, when there were 509 casualties.

But while accidents have soared, the number of drivers being convicted or fined has plummeted from 160,000-plus in 2011 to just over 50,000 in 2017.


Ms Greenwood added: “Each death and serious injury which results from a driver using a mobile phone is avoidable.”

Joshua Harris, of safety charity Brake, said: “We need to ban the use of hands-free devices.”

The Department for Transport admitted: “Being distracted by a mobile while driving is dangerous and puts lives at risk.”

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