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

One third of young drivers use phone behind the wheel, new report says
Young people use their phones to call, text, and even take selfies behind the wheel. Credit: Belga© Belga

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


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