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RAC Warns On Mobile & Facebook Driving Dangers

The RAC's 2012 Report on Motoring has found that there has been an increase in not only drug-driving, but also a huge leap in the number of drivers foolishly attempting to check Facebook and their email when behind the wheel.

In fact, in the 25 to 44 year old age bracket, there has been a 50 per cent increase in those who are accessing social networks and email while driving.

The RAC notes that this statistic follows on the heels of the government cutting spending on road safety campaigns. In fact, Department for Transport campaign spending has dropped from over £18 million in 2009/10, to only £2.3 million throughout 2010/11.

Unsurprisingly, the RAC is urging the government to reconsider that particular budget cut. David Bizley, RAC technical director, commented: "Government cuts have meant an extremely large drop in spending on road safety campaigns in the past two years, but the 2012 Report highlights the damaging effect this is having."

"The growth of the new breed of motoring offences, like drug-driving and social networking behind the wheel, is highly concerning. RAC urges the Government to reintroduce high profile campaigns on these issues as soon as possible. These offences don't yet have the same social taboo that drink-driving now holds, which thanks to years of concerted campaigns has continued to decrease as a problem."

Motorists were also questioned about their concerns in the study, which found the numbers of those worried that mobile phones were making the roads a less safer place had increased. 47 per cent said they were concerned about mobiles in 2011, and 53 per cent this year.

Mobiles are now the highest level of concern, above even drink driving which 52 per cent of motorists were worried about.

Almost half of respondents, 44 per cent, said they felt less safe on the roads in 2012 than ever before.