Despite heavier penalties the safety message is still not getting through

More drivers using mobiles behind the wheel

A London study has revealed that car drivers are risking their own lives, and those of other road users, by continuing to use mobile phones while driving, according to the BBC.

The Transport Research Laboratory-led research has found that 2.8 per cent of drivers comment the offence, a rise from 2.6 per cent in 2006, the year that fines were raised to £60 and three points could be branded on driving licences.

Males aged between 30 to 59 years old were found to be most likely to use a hand-held mobile when driving. For females, the 17 to 29 year old category was most likely to use a mobile while driving.

The TRL study covered approximately 12,000 cars and taxis, and 2,500 vans in the capital, but the researchers said that the situation in London is likely to be mirrored in the rest of the country.

Previous research has found that drivers texting at the wheel are 23 times more likely to cause a road accident.

The Road Peace organisation is currently leading a petition called for driving bans for those using mobile phones at the wheel.

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