63% of motorists see others texting while driving

Over half of drivers regularly see other motorists texting while driving and one in four see this dangerous behaviour every day, it has emerged.

Sending a text message while driving in one of the most dangerous things any motorist can do, but an AA survey shows its happening much too often.

According to the Road Safety Authority, drivers who send messages while driving spend up to 400% more time with their eyes off the road.

Of the 7,500 people who took part in the AA poll, 25% said they saw motorists texting while driving every day, while 30% said they witnessed this driver malpractice on a regular basis.

Almost seven out of 10 (67%) of drivers saw other motorists using their mobile phones to send text messages while their car stopped at a traffic light – 30% saw this happen every day.

Also, more than eight out of 10 (83%) saw motorists driving holding a mobile phone - 45% witnessed this every day.

“It is worrying to think that people are still taking risks despite the fact that everyone with an ounce of sense knows the dangers,” said AA Ireland director of Consumer Affairs, Conor Faughnan.

“There are stricter provisions on mobile devices that will soon become law and there are really no excuses,” said Mr Faughnan.

The research, published by AA Motor Insurance, also shows that almost a third of drivers regularly see other motorists applying make-up or shaving while driving. “That’s ridiculous behaviour,” said Mr Faughnan.


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