Survey: Fewer than one in ten people would refuse lift from a driver using a phone

Survey: Fewer than one in ten people would refuse lift from a driver using a phone

According to the findings of a survey commissioned by the AA Charitable Trust, fewer than one in ten people would refuse a lift from a driver using a mobile phone while steering the wheel.

The survey, which involved the participation of 23,141 motorists, found that nearly 8 percent of the participants said that they would not get into the passenger seat of a vehicle if the driver is using a mobile phone.

The survey results also showed that nearly 12 percent of the survey's participants would probably take the driver's phone away; whereas 59 participants would request the driver to stop using the mobile phone.

The survey was conducted by the AA Charitable Trust to mark the launch of its year-long campaign which is essentially aimed at bringing about a change in attitudes towards driver distractions.

In reference to the campaign, Edmund King - Director of the AA Charitable Trust - drew attention to the fact that the problem of distracted driving is "still rife" despite a disquieting increase in "horrific and tragic deaths caused by drivers distracted by phones;" and added: "Our campaign aims to change attitudes but it must be supported by tougher penalties and more cops in cars."

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