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February 28, 2008

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Survey finds at-work drivers are more likely to multi-task at the wheel

One in seven people who drive for work (15 per cent) eat a meal at least once a week while driving, research revealed by national road safety charity Brake and Green Flag shows. This is far higher than other drivers, with only one in 25 admitting to eating at the wheel (4 per cent) once a week or more.

The survey also found that at-work drivers were twice as likely to break the law at least once a week by using mobile phones while driving – one in ten at-work drivers (11 per cent) compared with one in 20 other drivers (5 per cent).

The report on research findings, ‘Driven to distraction?’, suggests that at-work drivers are much more likely to risk multi-tasking than other drivers, and Brake is urging companies to ensure they instruct employees who drive for them to never eat or take calls while on the move.

Brake continues to call on the Government to make the use of hands free as well as hand-held mobile phones while driving illegal.

http://www.brake.org.uk/index.php?p=935

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