Motherwell drivers ‘worst in UK’ for mobile phone use

Drivers in Motherwell were the worst in the UK for using their phones while driving. Picture: TSPL/Phil Wilkinson
Drivers in Motherwell were the worst in the UK for using their phones while driving. Picture: TSPL/Phil Wilkinson
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Drivers in Scotland are the worst in Britain for using their mobile phone while behind the wheel.

New research has revealed motorists in Motherwell have been caught using their phones while driving more times than drivers in any other area of the UK.

Offenders get three penalty points and a £100 fine and figures show that 3.29 per cent of motorists in the Motherwell postcode area currently have the offence on their licence.

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The Glasgow postcode area at 2.59 per cent is the second worst offender. Towns in Scotland fill the top eight spots in the British list based on data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The Kilmarnock area was third on the list with 2.3 per cent of drivers being caught using their phones on the road while Paisley was fourth at 2.06 per cent.

Scotland as a whole was the worst region in the UK for the offence with 1.51 per cent of drivers across the country caught out followed by London at 0.82 per cent.

Worcester and Essex had the least number of drivers with the offence on the record with just 0.21 per cent in the areas caught.

The data was obtained from the DVLA by car price comparison website Car Keys.

A DVLA spokesman said: “Using a mobile phone and other hand-held devices, whilst driving, is a criminal offence. Studies have shown this to be a serious road safety risk. If this happens whilst driving a large vehicle such as a bus or lorry, the risk is even greater.”

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A spokesman for Car Keys said: “We published data highlighting the most likely places to come across drivers using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel.

“Data collected by the DVLA has pinpointed the worst places in Britain for driving offence code CU80 as well as praising the safest areas too”.

Between 2009 and 2014 there were 3,611 reported accidents “occurred where at least one driver” was on their phone.

Earlier this year, it was announced that drivers caught using hand-held mobiles could face tougher penalties under new plans being considered by ministers.

The number of penalty points given to a motorist using their phone while driving could rise from three to four and the fine could be raised from £100 to £150.

TOP 10 WORST AREAS

Motherwell – 3.29%

Glasgow – 2.59%

Kilmarnock – 2.30%

Paisley – 2.06%

Dumfries – 1.78%

Falkirk – 1.76%

Kirkcaldy – 1.60%

Edinburgh – 1.34%

Southhall – 1.29%

Ilford – 1.28%

TOP 10 BEST AREAS

Worcester – 0.21%

Exeter – 0.21%

Dorchester – 0.22%

Telford – 0.23%

Gloucester – 0.25%

Torquay – 0.25%

Truro – 0.25%

Plymouth – 0.25%

Derby – 0.26%

Canterbury – 0.26%

BY REGION

Scotland – 1.51%

London – 0.82%

East England – 0.73%

Wales – 0.72%

South East England – 0.62%

North East England – 0.52%

North West England – 0.42%

East Midlands – 0.37%

Yorkshire & The Humber – 0.35%

South West – 0.32%

West Midlands – 0.31%

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