Techno threat to safe driving

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MOTORISTS are now more worried about the dangers of distraction posed by technology and social media than drink-driving, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorist’s first major survey into safety culture.

The Safety Culture Index found that while technology will form a fundamental part of improving road safety, it also poses some risks, in particular driver distraction – 77 per cent of people say it is now a bigger problem than three years ago. This compares to just 23 per cent of people feeling drink-driving is a bigger threat than three years ago.

Those surveyed said text messaging and social media are the two biggest factors threatening personal safety, with 93 and 92 per cent respectively claiming these to be a “very or somewhat serious” threat.