Texting drivers put lives at risk

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Switch your phone off before you drive off – that’s the message from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership after a survey revealed that nearly 30 per cent of drivers text while on the road.

The research carried out by road safety charity Brake with insurance company Direct Line also revealed that nine per cent of drivers surf the net, send emails, uses apps or visit social networking sites when at the wheel.

Mike Ashworth, chairman of the Partnership, said: “Sadly some people are putting lives at risk because they think it’s alright to multi-task in the car. Please switch off before you drive off if you can’t resist the temptation to check your phone when you’re at the wheel.”

Drivers who are caught will receive a fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence.

In some cases motorists will have to go to court and could face a driving ban and a fine of up to £1,000.