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Evening Mail finds Barrow drivers breaking the law

IDIOT drivers are breaking the law in record numbers by talking, texting and tweeting while behind the wheel, according to a new survey.

Motoring organisation RAC has reported a 50 per cent rise in the number of 25 to 44-year-olds illegally using their mobile phones when driving.

The results come just a week after a 26-year-old lorry driver was jailed for 18 days for causing a crash on the A590 when distracted by his mobile phone.

David Ryan, of Meadow Lane, Wolverhampton, was driving a 10-tonne truck near Newby Bridge on January 9 when he tried to answer his ringing phone and crashed into two cars.

But earlier this week, the Evening Mail conducted its own hour-long survey of vehicles travelling east on the A590 near Dalton and found the vast majority of drivers abiding by the law.

Of the 510 drivers surveyed, only one – a man driving a four-wheel drive – was caught on camera talking on his mobile, while a second man was seen smoking in a company vehicle.

However, Inspector David Bosson from the Southern Road Policing Unit said officers were constantly on the look out for offenders.

He said the irresponsible drivers posed a risk to not only themselves, but everyone else using the roads.

“Driving while using a mobile phone is against the law and officers from Cumbria Constabulary will seek to prosecute anyone who insists on driving in such a dangerous manner,” he said.

“The penalty for this ranges from a fixed penalty of £60 and three points, to appearing in court where it is possible that disqualification and custodial sentences can be issued for situations that amount to dangerous driving.

“The message is clear – do not use your phone while driving.”

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has also found mobile use is on the rise, with eight per cent of all British drivers admitting to using smartphones for email and social networking.

That figure triples to 24 per cent among people in the accident-prone category of drivers aged from 17 to 24 years. IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said the group had found phone use slowed reaction times by 38 per cent and made it more likely for drivers to leave their lane.

He said: “Distractions while driving can considerably affect the time you spend paying attention to the road and can lead to potentially fatal consequences.

“Our recent smartphone research found that in normal driving, drivers looked down for 10 per cent of the time – when using a smartphone they looked down for up to 60 per cent of the time.

“Smartphone use caused longer reaction times than texting, alcohol at the legal limit and even cannabis use.”

Have your say

Have to agree with Comical's comments - I live on Ocean Road and I think pretty much every car breaks the 30mph speed limit and in a lot of cases some are driving at 50+ miles an hour, especially early evening and later at night - you can hear them coming from the promenade - I too have seen dangerous manoeuvres by young drivers using this large open stretch of road as a race track driving at speeds more associated with a motorway and frankly I am as hacked off about it as most of my neighbours are - so come on local police - get over here and have a crackdown on these irresponsible people - and why not the evening mail come and observe for yourselves one night. Barrow Rant

Posted by Barrow Rant on 29 May 2012 at 20:32

Why arn't the Police taking action,or is it because of lack of Police on duty,due to cuts.
Community Officers with no power to intervene,so what are they for.

Posted by Dicky on 29 May 2012 at 17:42

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