Drivers want mobile phone blocks

Driver using phone in car

The suggestion comes following high numbers of accidents which have involved mobile phone use behind the wheel.

The Daily Mail reports that an astonishing 17,500 people were taken to court a year ago for using their phones behind the wheel.

Ministers will meet with vehicle manufacturers and mobile companies to discuss how new technology can be used to stop drivers making texts and calls while on the road, The Times reported today.

Continental Tyres' safety expert Mark Griffiths said: "Our research reveals that drivers know that their use of phones is illegal, distracting and unsafe yet they can not help themselves".

MOBILE phone signals could be blocked while cars are being driven in a bid to prevent motorists using them at the wheel.

In the future you may not be able to use a mobile phone in a moving auto.

The DfT is aiming to sit down with network providers and handset manufactures in the new year to discuss the technology further.

The number of drivers who said they sent a message or posted on social media rose from 7 per cent to 19 per cent, while 14 per cent said they had taken a photograph or video while driving.

Baroness Newlove, the victims' commissioner, said in a debate this week: "It is time to make using a mobile phone while driving just as unacceptable as not wearing a seat belt or drink-driving".

It is not clear whether the technology would also block the phones of any passengers.

Smartphone makers are set to be called upon to create a mode for safe driving in the same way that devices have a flight mode option. Our plans to double penalties for this serious crime should act as an incredibly strong deterrent.

Those guilty of the offence will receive six penalty points and a £200 fine - which doubled after Grayling's announcement.

However, Lord Woolf, who is a former lord chief justice, said ministers should stop creating more offences because the number of prisoners within the British prison system continues to soar.



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