A recent Facebook survey has found that 45% of UK drivers send SMS (text messages) while driving, while only 11% turn off their phones or put them on mute while commuting.

A recent Facebook survey has found that 45% of UK drivers send SMS (text messages) while driving, and only 11% turn off their phones or put them on mute. The survey was conducted to coincide with the first anniversary of Britain’s new increased penalties for using a cell phone while driving, which now results in a £60 fine and 3 penalty points.

Topping the list of areas with the most frequent texting drivers was London and Manchester with 53% and 50% respectively. Breaking down the survey into more detailed results shows 21% of those surveyed actively send and read messages when driving, while 19% only do so when stuck in traffic. A vast majority of people simply fail to mute their phone, which could cause them to become distracted should they receive a message or call.

Perhaps the greatest irony is that the survey was sponsored by the RAC foundation, yet when looking for more information about the origination it’s easy to accidentally stumble upon another UK based RAC site with traffic news. This second site contains advertising that heavily promotes using your mobile phone to get traffic updates on the go, as shown by the picture above.

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