SWOV surveyed 3730 adults and 324 young people about their telephone use in traffic in 2021. Nearly 72 percent of adults indicate that they sometimes pick up the telephone while driving. In 2019 this was 67.8 percent, two years earlier it was 66.1 percent.
Motorists in particular could not resist the temptation of the mobile phone in 2021: 70.0 percent use the device occasionally (65.6 percent in 2019). Smartphone use among cyclists increased from 55.7 percent in 2019 to 59.3 percent in 2021. The fact that these figures are lower than the average mentioned in the first paragraph is due to the pedestrians, who are also included.
But these above are still the adults. Young people aged 12 to 17 have completely grown up with their telephone in traffic. No less than 85.3 percent indicate that they sometimes use the thing on the road. They don't see the risks, the research shows, and they think they can do just fine. It is also accepted among young people to use your telephone in traffic.
The older a person gets, the lower the chance that he or she will use the telephone in traffic. Risk perception increases and habitual behavior (picking up your phone every now and then) decreases. Parents who use their smartphone while driving have children who do so more often than average.
Of the 4054 Dutch people surveyed, only six have been fined in 2021 for using the telephone: four motorists and two cyclists (one adult and one young person). The chance of being caught is therefore estimated as very low by half of the respondents.
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