THE threat of a prison sentence isn’t enough to stop people picking up the phone while driving. That’s the shocking findings of a report commissioned by handsfree kit specialists Jabra.
The survey found that 93 per cent of drivers were aware that talking or texting while at the wheels can be deemed as dangerous driving and result in a two-year jail term. Yet still 75 per cent of them choose to ignore the law as they believe they won’t get caught!
‘Our survey highlights a worrying trend,’ said Jabra’s Andrew Doyle. ‘The government has stepped up multi media advertising this year with £1.5m being spent on the TH!NK Mobile campaign warning of the consequences of using a mobile phone at the wheel, yet people are continuing to ignore the law.
‘The cost of a handsfree kit is definitely not a factor considering some can be had for as little as £20. Neither is the fear of technology as basic models are very simple to use – there’s simply no excuse for not driving safely.’
Reasons for answering the phone behind the wheel cited in the survey included ‘I just couldn’t miss a call’ from 24 per cent of respondents and ‘I don’t know anyone who has been caught’ from another 12 per cent.
We know car dealers are often in cars travelling from A to B and that it’s very hard not to answer the phone when it could mean business – so we’ve teamed up with Jabra to giveaway four cool handsfree kits.
Worth £59.99 each, the Jabra BT8040 – pictured above – offers the latest digital audio technology in a tiny package. The on-ear design offers six hours talk time, 200 hours on standby and digital signal processing for superb sound quality.
For your chance to win one simply send your name, address and telephone number in an email with the subject title ‘Jabra comp’ to [email protected] by April 25.