England is considering banning cell phone use while driving completely, even hands free cell phone use. The proposal comes after a recently published report by the Commons Transport Committee in the U.K., Road safety:driving while using a mobile phone. The report calls on the government to consider tougher restrictions on driving while using a mobile phone due to the clear evidence that using mobile devices behind the wheel has potentially catastrophic consequences.

Chair of the Committee, Lilian Greenwood MP, said: 

“Despite the real risk of catastrophic consequences for themselves, their passengers and other road users, far too many drivers continue to break the law by using hand-held mobile phones. If mobile phone use while driving is to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving much more effort needs to go into educating drivers about the risks and consequences of using a phone behind the wheel. Offenders also need to know there is a credible risk of being caught, and that there are serious consequences for being caught.”

The report points to figures in 2017, where there were 773 casualties, including 43 deaths and 135 serious injuries, in collisions where a driver using a mobile phone was a contributory factor. The number of people killed or seriously injured has risen steadily since 2011.  

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