2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The ban on cell phones in cars is hardly a deterrent. Only 52 percent of drivers stated that they did not use the phone in the vehicle.
Despite a fine and a point in the traffic offender register, only 52 percent of drivers consciously refrain from using their mobile phones in the car. This is the result of a representative survey of 2000 road users conducted by the Ipsos market research institute on behalf of the German Road Safety Council (DVR).
As the DVR announced this Wednesday, one in three (31.4 percent) would make calls in the car, but only with a hands-free system. However, one in seven (15.4 percent) also makes phone calls without a hands-free device. Drivers caught doing this will face a fine of 40 euros and one point in the Flensburg traffic offender register.
DVR: Avoid distraction when driving
Shortly before Christmas, the DVR therefore appeals to motorists to avoid sources of distraction while driving. "The safest way to drive is if you do not use the phone while driving," says the DVR.
According to a survey by the car manufacturer Ford in October of this year, motorists in neighboring countries would adhere more to the cell phone ban. While 47 percent of vehicle drivers in Germany stated that they had used their mobile phone while driving, this was only six percent in Great Britain. One possible reason: In Great Britain, the penalty for infringement is significantly higher than in Germany: There, up to 1000 pounds must be paid if the case goes to court. (AG)