Despite the risks posed by its use while driving, handling the mobile phone at the wheel continues to be one of the fines more interposed to Spanish drivers. And distractions, in general, continue to represent the first cause of traffic accident.
This is the conclusion drawn after observing the results of a week of surveillance specialized in detecting distractions behind the wheel published by the General Directorate of Traffic. During that week, the city councils of numerous municipalities also collaborated, establishing controls on the roads of their localities.
In total, traffic officers have controlled 55,763 vehicles and reported 5,755 drivers for performing actions that are distracting while driving. Regarding the use of the mobile phone, during that week, the Civil Guard agents filed almost half of the fines (2,873) were motivated using your smartphone while driving.
Remember that many studies confirm that the dangerousness of inappropriate use of the mobile phone it can be comparable to driving under the influence of alcohol.
In addition, it should be noted that of the total of drivers penalized for distractions at the wheel, 546 of them were also driving with alcohol levels higher than the allowed or test positive for other drugs.
But the use of the mobile phone has not been the only distraction that has been a reason for sanction. Using headphones connected to a sound reproduction device It has also been an action detected and sanctioned with a total of 392 fines. The manipulation of browsers, internet access screens, video or DVD players while driving was also the reason for a complaint for 65 drivers.
On the other hand, the seat belt continues to be a reason for suspense in road safety: many vehicle occupants have been recorded buckling up while driving when they realize they are being watched from the air. Specifically, 484 complaints have been filed against the drivers of these vehicles.