2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The ban on cell phones does not seem to deter German drivers. According to a survey, around 47 percent of those questioned do not adhere to it. In other countries people are more law-abiding.
German drivers don't think much of the ban on cell phones at the wheel. Almost half (47 percent) have already used the mobile phone while driving, according to a survey on behalf of the automobile manufacturer Ford. In Great Britain, the drivers of a vehicle adhere to the requirement much more closely: Only six percent stated that they used their portable telephone while driving. This may be because it comes with heavy fines (up to £ 1,000) in the UK if the case goes to court.
40 euros fine for infringement
In Germany, using a cell phone at the wheel currently costs 40 euros and one point in Flensburg. What many do not know: Anyone caught on the ear as a cyclist with a mobile phone pays 25 euros. But it's not just the phone that distracts drivers. 66 percent eat or drink while driving and 72 percent sometimes only steer with one hand.
"This survey shows the need to increase driver concentration," said Stuart Southgate, Head of Ford Europe's Automotive Safety Office. After all, around 1.5 million people are injured in road accidents every year in the EU. (mid)