Saturday, 5 September 2015

Report reveals number of young drivers taking selfies behind the wheel . . .

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Report reveals number of young drivers taking selfies behind the wheel

Cited at:
http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Report-reveals-number-young-drivers-taking/story-27515221-detail/story.html



A new study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) showed that nine per cent of the sample of 500 admitted to taking a selfie in the last month alone.

A SHOCKING report has revealed the extent to which mainly younger motorists drivers are taking selfies, making video calls or watching films while driving risking their lives and those of other road users.

A new study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) showed that nine per cent of the sample of 500 admitted to taking a selfie in the last month alone.

This increases to 15 per cent of drivers aged 18-24, and 19 per cent of 25-35 year olds.

Women are more sensible behind the wheel with just five per cent of them saying they have photographed themself while driving compared to 12 per cent of men.

Eight per cent of drivers admitted to driving while using a video-calling application such as FaceTime and Skype to make and receive video calls, rising to 16 per cent among 18 to 24 year olds.

An IAM study in 2012 showed that using a smartphone while driving is more dangerous than driving at the legal alcohol limit or when using cannabis. Drivers have much slower reaction times, difficulty staying in the same lane and are less able to adapt to even slowly changing circumstances.

Sarah Sillars, IAM's chief executive officer, said: "Everyone knows how dangerous using a smartphone or tablet is while driving. That's why it's shocking to see new trends like taking selfies and making video calls becoming common practice.

"Safe driving is everyone's responsibility and more must be done to catch drivers using these devices dangerously by increasing the fines and points for smartphone and tablet use at the wheel – there is simply no excuse.

"Campaigns must also be introduced that raise awareness of the prevalence of the issue in society and make this behaviour as socially unacceptable as drink-driving."






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