New research from Auto Express magazine and the DVLA has revealed that the region of the UK with the worst CU80 convictions – or in other words, motorists caught using a mobile phone while driving – is Glasgow.

A staggering 27,831 motorists from the Scottish city have incurred a fine and three penalty points on their licence since using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle was made illegal in 2003.

The next city on the list with nearly half of the offences of Glasgow is Birmingham, with 14,391 motorists caught since the ban was implemented.

Liverpool, Motherwell, Sheffield and Manchester follow closely behind while southern areas such as Chelmsford in Essex and London prop up the bottom of the table with fewer than 10,000 motorists caught red handed.

The figures have been released to coincide with a call for a total ban on mobile phone usage by road safety charity Brake, which has urged drivers to turn off their phones and stow them in the glove box to avoid any distraction while driving.

A Brake spokesperson claims that ever-improving smartphones are flaunting too much temptation in the face of motorists, as emails, social networking and applications are all available at the touch of a button.

A separate survey, carried out by insurance company Ingenie, found that 30 per cent of young drivers were using free messaging app Whatsapp while driving. A staggering 28 per cent were logging on to check their Facebook accounts and a quarter of those surveyed admitted to photo messaging via Snapchat while driving.

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Daljinder Nagra


December 4, 2013

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