UK split over safety of using hands-free phones in cars

October 2003
Management Services;Oct2003, Vol. 47 Issue 10, p4
Academic Journal
Croner, Great Britain's leading supplier of business information, support and advice, asked heath and safety professionals if hands-free mobile phones should be banned at the wheel. 51% were in favor of a total ban, 47% thought we should be able to talk hands-free while driving, and just 3% were unsure. Engaging in conversation while driving increases the risk of collision, affects reaction times, judgment and awareness of other traffic. A ban of hands-held phones will be enforced on December 1, 2003, however this does not include hands-free kits because it would be difficult to enforce. Croner urges businesses to consider discouraging mobile phone use completely in their Company Car Policy. There are currently no records of road accidents caused by mobile phone use, but with 70% more cars on the road than in 1976, the health and safety of people driving for work should be high priority for businesses.


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