Three years on from the introduction of tougher in-car mobile phone rules, many motorists are still flouting the law, according to figures published today.
Swinton, the UK’s leading high street retailer of car insurance, has seen a 42% increase from 2008 to 2009 in the number of quotes for people convicted of using a mobile phone while driving (CU80 conviction code).
Following official RoSPA statistics showing that 78% of crashes were caused by driver inattention Swinton is warning motorists to beware of the potentially dangerous effects of using a mobile while driving.
Steve Chelton, Insurer development manager at Swinton, said: “We are seeing more and more motorists using mobiles phones while driving, not only to make or receive calls, but also to text, surf the internet and even check messages on Facebook and Twitter. We would like to advise all of our car insurance customers that this is illegal, even when in stationary traffic or stopped at traffic lights.
“We urge all motorists to adhere to the rules by not using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. There are plenty of alternative options, including hands-free kits and Bluetooth headphones.
“Flouting the rules could result in a conviction and penalty points which could increase your car insurance premium.”
– With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK’s largest high street insurance retailer
– Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
– Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
– With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates
Contacts: SKV Communications Anoushka Done, Anna Asamoah or Mairead Rodden 0161 838 7770 www.skvcommunications.co.uk