Young drivers are failing to heed phone use warnings. Worrying new figures have revealed they’re almost twice as likely to use their mobile phone while behind the wheel.

According to Department for Transport (DfT) data, 4% of motorists aged 17-29 were seen using their phones while driving, compared to 2.1% of all drivers.

Of that figure, 1.4% were caught holding their device to their ear, while 2.6% had their phones in their hands, both of which are against the law.

The figures make concerning reading for road safety campaigners, but a new camera currently being trialled in Australia could soon help police crackdown on offenders.

The DfT data is based on observations made of drivers who had stopped at traffic light junctions over a period between October and November last year.

Analysis of both moving and stationary traffic found 1.1% of all drivers were using their phone at the wheel, down from the previous rate of 1.6% recorded back in 2016.

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