Texting while driving is as dangerous as drink-driving

Motorists are more worried about other drivers being distracted by their phones at the wheel than they are of those who are drink-driving.

Of 2,000 people quizzed, 93 per cent said they felt most at risk from texting drivers, while 92 per cent said they were concerned about those using social media on their phones.

In contrast, 90 per cent felt other motorists who were under the influence of alcohol were the greatest risk to their safety, though just 23 per cent believed it was a growing problem.

Sarah Sillars, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, which carried out the poll, said: ‘We wanted to see what issues the public saw as important in their lives, and use that information to influence behaviour.’