55,000 Londoners have points on their licence for driving while using mobiles

A road safety charity has revealed that an astonishing 55,000 Londoners have points on their licence for using a mobile phone while driving.

The charity, Brake, revealed the statistics to highlight the extent of drivers’ distraction by having phones switched-on in cars and the increased threat they pose to vulnerable road users and pedestrians.

Of the 55,000, one in 16 offenders have more than six points on their licence and four out of five were male.

The charity also said that a recent survey revealed that 60% of school children had said they’d been driven by someone using a phone at the wheel and 80% had seen drivers on the phone.

It said that these figures suggest the “majority of children are being endangered by drivers for the sake of a call or text”.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake said: “We’re living in an age when being constantly connected is the norm. More and more of us have smartphones and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute.

“While there are enormous benefits to this new technology, it’s also posing dangerous temptations to drivers to divert their concentration away from the critical task at hand, often putting our most vulnerable road users in danger.

“We’re calling on London’s drivers to tune into road safety: turn off your phone or put it in the boot, and never try to multi-task at the wheel.”

Driving while using a mobile phone incurs three penalty points and a fine of £60. Insurers also have access to the data, and raise premiums for offenders.

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