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Texting drivers 'unlikely to be caught'

Texting while driving08/08/14

By Pippa Harper

Motorists are not just frustrated by the lack of police presence on Britain's roads - they now believe there is little chance of law-breakers being caught and prosecuted.
 

The RAC Report on Motoring 2014 reveals many motorists in 21st century Britain think there is little risk of being caught breaking the law at the wheel.

50% of motorists think texters will not be caught

Two in five drivers (40%) believe anyone committing common offences such as texting at the wheel, aggressive driving or tailgating would more than likely get away with it.

Disturbingly, half of motorists (51%) think it is unlikely drivers will ever get picked up for texting while stopped in traffic.

In fact, only 18% believe motorists are likely to be taken to task with the rest (22%) uncertain as to whether they will or they won't.

Only three in 10 motorists (29%) think drivers will get into trouble for texting on the move while 42% think it is unlikely.

For the new offences of tailgating and middle lane hogging only a quarter (24%) and one in five (22%) respectively think motorists are likely to be pulled up by a traffic police officer.


Motorists 'tired of seeing other drivers breaking the law'


RAC technical director David Bizley said:

"Our research shows that millions of law-abiding motorists are frustrated with the reduction of traffic police and believe that the chances of drivers being pulled up are now minimal.

"Motorists are tired of constantly seeing other drivers breaking the law and getting away with it.

"It is hardly surprising that they want to see a greater police presence on our roads to enforce motoring legislation more effectively, which would also act as a genuine deterrent."

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