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Take the decision to text out of their hand

Drivers are continuing to take risks while behind the wheel by using their mobile phones, a survey by NRMA Insurance has found sending text messages was the second most common phone misdemeanor, according to the report, with 68 per cent of drivers surveyed admitting to texting while driving.

Two in five drivers (40 per cent) say they use phone applications such as weather forecasts or news websites applications while driving, while 25 per cent use social media sites to 'tweet' or update their Facebook status.

Perhaps the most alarming statistic, though, was that 38 per cent of those surveyed said they take photos while driving. Using a mobile phone while driving is the third most penalised offence behind speeding and not wearing seatbelts.

NRMA Insurance spokeswomen Adele Buhagiar says the latest results prove that drivers aren't paying heed to warning about using mobile phones while driving.
"Losing focus while behind the wheel, even if it is only for a split second, may cause the worst to happen," she says.

Car manufacturers are reacting to the more prevalent use of mobile phones, with even the most affordable vehicles on the market increasingly offering wireless phone connectivity as standard. This system is widely seen as much safer, as the driver can keep their hands on the steering wheel, and is legal - unlike holding your phone.

Further ahead, care are expected to be offered with media systems that will allow drivers to 'tweet' or update their Facebook status by voice control. Indeed, there are already some inexpensive aftermarket Bluetooth phone systems that offer this technology.

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