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Young drivers still using mobile phones at the wheel

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New research from the RAC has shown that young drivers continue to flout the law when it comes to using a mobile phone when driving.

A poll of more than 1,000 motorists conducted by the breakdown agency found that 48 per cent of drivers between the age of 18 and 24 use their mobile handset when behind the wheel.

Furthermore, 21 per cent of people in this age group also admitted to sending or reading texts while driving - marking a rise of seven per cent from this time last year.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said that it is clear this particular problem is getting worse.

"The popularity of smartphones and apps, especially among younger drivers who have grown up with the technology, risks creating a new generation of drivers who believe using a phone behind the wheel is acceptable. This has to change," he added.

Separate research from Direct Line has found that 11 per cent of all drivers text behind the wheel.

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