Distracted Drivers Cause Safety Concerns

Distracted Drivers Cause Safety Concerns

 

New data shows a number of motorists caught driving while distracted.

Data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) found a ‘worryingly’ amount of drivers has committed driving offences while distracted at the wheel.

The data showed that:

  • Over 90,000 drivers had at least one dangerous driving offence while on the road in a 4 year period
  • Authorities caught 90,057 motorists distracted while behind the wheel once between 2017 and 2021
  • 904 drivers got caught twice in the same period not paying attention to the road
  • 27 drivers got convicted between 3 and 5 times
  • One driver had committed at least 9 offences since 2017

 

What are the repercussions of distracted driving?

Drivers who get caught not paying attention to the road could face conviction of not being in full control of their vehicle.

They are then given a CU80 endorsement on their driving license.

This stays on their license for 4 years.

The penalty for not being in full control is up to 6 points on your license.

Drivers with more than 12 points on their license within a 6 month period face a driving ban and have their license revoked. But a court can overturn this rule if there are ‘extenuating circumstances’.

 

Comment

The road safety charity Brake has been campaigning for safer roads. They believe authorities should issue harsher penalties to those who are repeatedly caught offending.

Head of campaigns, Jason Wakeford said:

“We believe that drivers who regularly disregard the law should have their license revoked. This would help save lives, prevent needless injuries, and send a clear signal that driving is a privilege and not a right.”

 

DFT Data

One major distraction for drivers is their mobile phones according to the Department for Transport (DfT). Traffic collisions involving a driver using a mobile phone in 2020 left 131 drivers killed or seriously injured. The study also found that 1 in 6 people injured or killed in a phone-related accident were pedestrians or cyclists. A new law coming into action later this year will see more restrictions on drivers using their phones behind the wheel. The new rules will make it illegal to use your phone for anything that could take your attention away from the road. Any driver caught using their phone while driving could face a £200 fine and 6 points on their license. But a new study from the RAC found that 25% of drivers admit to still making calls while driving.

 

Industry Comment

Simon Williams from the RAC said:

“Far too many drivers are still breaking the law and putting others on the road needlessly at risk.”

How can we help?

Road safety is a priority for us at Cambrian Fuel Card Services. Our Telematics Solutions offer cutting-edge systems to ensure your fleets are driving safely. The live tracking feature tells you exactly where your fleet is and how they are behaving. The Fors camera feature gives a 360 degree view of the vehicle, steamed lived straight to the depot. Our telematics solutions offer you and your fleet peace of mind, knowing that everyone is keeping safe.

 

Distracted Drivers Cause Safety Concerns