An RAC survey has found that drivers are continuing to use their phones behind the wheel.

The latest research from the RAC suggests that drivers are still clueless about the penalties involved when they use their mobile phones while driving.

The breakdown association took a survey of 2,000 UK drivers that found just 36 percent of motorists could correctly state that the current penalties are six points and a £200 fine for using a handheld mobile while driving. A quarter (26 percent) were not aware the penalties became more severe in March 2017.

Of those who persist in using a handheld phone an overwhelming majority (87 percent) said it is something they just do on their own and not when others are in the car. Seventy-eight percent said they continue to do it despite fearing they will get caught by a police officer, while nearly a quarter (23 percent) think they can safely drive and use a handheld phone at the same time. One in 10 drivers (11 percent) say they believe the road safety risks of combining driving with something as distracting as using a handheld phone are ‘overstated’.

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