The level of illegal mobile phone use while driving in the community is often over-estimated when based on anecdotal evidence, poor open ended driver surveys or media speculation.

The majority of media reports on mobile phone use levels come from surveys run by motor insurance companies in an attempt to increase brand awareness and have little scientific value.

However, well conducted driver questionnaires and observational studies of driver behaviour have been used to ascertain the prevalence of use of hand-held mobile phons and these two approaches have led to vastly different estimates.

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