Cellphone-related accidents on the rise

2012-04-11 11:47
Durban - Authorities say there has been a definitive increase in cellphone-related road accidents in South Africa.

The Daily News reported that more than 1 000 eThekwini motorists had been fined for using their cellphones while driving since January.

Studies show that a someone who uses a cellphone while driving is four times more likely to be in a car crash, and almost twice as likely if texting.

Traffic officials in Cape Town are considering regulations where cellphones are seized following three cellphone-related offences.

An American study revealed that texting or e-mailing while driving may be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic officials in SA said they were worried about the increasingly use of cellphones by motorists.

An insurance expert said cellphone use had led to more accidents, injuries and deaths on the road.
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