Children and mobiles the leading distractions for drivers

A recent driver study reveals that children played a significant role in collisions, with mobile phones being the other leading distraction for drivers.

The findings will be presented at an RSA International conference on driver distraction being held in Dublin this morning.

Evidence suggests that mobile phone usage is one of the biggest distractions with motorists four times more likely to crash if they are using the device.

And Velma Burns from the RSA says that an online survey suggests children play their part.

"We asked 30 drivers of all ages and experience levels to engage with us for 30 days online participating in discussion," she said. "Mobile phones and children emerged as the biggest distractions for drivers."

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