Motorists are still using mobile phones at the wheel of their cars, Auto Express magazine has reported. A recent survey has found that despite more than 90 per cent of British drivers approving of the ban on mobile phone use while driving, over a third of all British drivers are flaunting the regulation.
Drivers in the North East of England are the worst for the offence, with over half admitting to having a natter while they are meant to be watching the wheel. Such behaviour could land drivers with a serious fine, varying from £30 on the spot to £1,000 if it ends up in court.
Drivers still risk prosecution if they use a hands-free kit when driving, for failure to have proper control of their vehicle. Police have also been stepping up efforts to catch mobile users.
Managing director at the firm has said that drivers can take practical steps to avoid flouting the law and ending up with a dent in their bank balance.
"Switch your phone off completely when you're in the car on your own. The bottom line is that using a mobile phone will make any driver much less aware of what's happening on the road around them."
It has been illegal to use a mobile phone while driving since December 2001.