Drivers could soon be seeing a ‘drive-safe’ mode appearing on their smartphones – in a bid by the Government to cut road deaths.

An Institute of Advanced Motorists poll found that nine per cent of drivers admitted to taking a selfie behind the wheel in the past nine months. In the face of such statistics, Government ministers are considering the promotion of apps that automatically lock phones when travelling at over 5mph.

Ministers are even considering asking phone manufacturers to install the apps from the moment they leave the factory.

An issue has already come to light with the technology, with the ability for the app to differential between a user driving a car and and travelling on public transport being called into question.

In response to this, officials at the Department for Transport told the Sun: “These issues can be overcome.”

3,700 crashes have occurred between 2009-2014 as a result of a driver using a phone, which has prompted ministers to drastically change their approach to the subject. The implementation of this new technology could have a great impact on road deaths.

Re-education of offenders is also being considered.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “Forcing all drivers caught using a hand-held mobile for the first time to attend a re-education course would be a really positive step.”

A study conducted by the RAC Foundation also found that 60 per cent of drivers would be happy to use a drive-safe mode should it appear on phones.

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding told the Press Association: “Reassuringly, the vast majority of people said that they wanted to use technology to check the state of their vehicle and make journeys easier, not to read Facebook messages, send texts or email the boss.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

January 27, 2016

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