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Apr 4, 2017

DANGEROUS DRIVERS II * Ireland: But motorist support techonology to enhance road safety

* Dublin - Half of drivers back blanket block on mobiles

--- Mobile phone use behind the wheel continues to be a significant problem on Ireland’s roads but a new survey of Irish motorists reveals that nearly half of drivers (46 per cent) would support the introduction of technology to disable certain phone functions for the sake of safety... More than one in four respondents (26 per cent) felt that some form of blocking device would be more effective at deterring mobile phone use than the introduction of harsher penalties... In terms of the main activity that drivers engage in on their phones while behind the wheel, making / receiving calls and texting are still the most common activities – nearly two thirds or 64 per cent of those who admit to using a phone behind the wheel say this is their most regular activity on the phone... In addition to the need to improve motorists’ behaviour, it is apparent that there is a strong desire for technology to help deliver the solution and enhance road safety. Nearly a half of drivers, 46 per cent think the Government should enforce a device to disable web-browsing, emails and the ability to send and receive texts... 
Dublin, Ireland - Transport Parts, by Declan O'Byrne - 29 Mar 2017

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