One third of young drivers use phone behind the wheel, new report says
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One third of young drivers use phone behind the wheel, new report says

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Young people use their phones to call, text, and even take selfies behind the wheel. Credit: Belga
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About one in three drivers between the ages of 18-30 use their phone behind the wheel, according to a Vias report.

Vias, a road safety institute, found that 20% of young people said they made phone calls while driving, 33% said they texted or emailed, and 6% said they had taken a selfie while driving.

“Young people between 18 and 30 represent 16% of the driving population,” Vias spokesperson Stef Willems said, according to New Mobility. “Yet they are involved in 31% of the accidents with casualties or injuries.”

Willems also said that drivers who text are 23 times more likely to get in an accident.

Additionally, 27% of young drivers received traffic fines in the past year. The most common offences were speeding, incorrect parking, and using a phone behind the wheel.

Vias released other road safety findings earlier this week.

Sam Nelson
The Brussels Times