The RAC revealed figures provided by the DVLA that show more than 6,000 motorists have at least two endorsements on their license for driving while being distracted.
This includes the use of mobile phones, of which the actual figure of drivers using their phone out-of-habit is reckoned to be much higher.
The DVLA figures come in the wake of RAC research from 2017 which revealed 23% of drivers admitted to using their phone whilst driving, with a higher percentage admitting to using their phone whilst in stationery traffic at 40%.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “Responsible motorists and road users will be shocked to hear the number of persistent handheld mobile phone drivers who are prepared to disregard a first endorsement and continue to put their own lives and those of other road users at risk.
“The threat of a second endorsement and the possibility that they will lose their licence clearly is not enough to deter this hard core of drivers who are either oblivious to, or wantonly disregard, the danger it poses often believing there is little chance of seeing a traffic police officer, let alone be caught by one for using their mobile phone at the wheel.”
With an average of 43.5k CU80 endorsements issued each year, this represents less than 0.1% of the total number of 48.2 million driving licence holders in Great Britain and yet, as the RAC Report on Motoring data shows, 23% of drivers admit to using a mobile phone to make calls when driving and 40% admit to doing so when stationary at lights or in queues.
Williams said: “Clearly, enforcement is falling far short when it comes to tackling the handheld mobile phone menace and the number of CU80 endorsements shows that the massively under-funded police forces are only scratching the surface of the problem.”
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