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Drivers and hand-held mobile phones: extending the ban won't solve the problem – here's why

By Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University
Helen Wells, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Keele University
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The laws around mobile phone use while driving are to be tightened under new UK government plans to make any use of a hand-held phone illegal. From 2022, mobile phone law will be extended to cover taking photos or videos, scrolling through playlists or playing games while driving or stationary, say, at a traffic light. Use of a mobile phone ‘hands-free’, however, will still be allowed – even though research shows it is equally…The Conversation


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