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7:01am 18th November 2013

More than four and a half thousand drivers in Cornwall and Plymouth are caught using their mobiles while driving - or otherwise being distracted.

Road safety charity Brake wants us to keep our phones in the boot to avoid the temptation.

Ben from Launceston used to do it.

Now he says he has learnt his lesson: "It's usually when I was slow, not when I was going fast - although that's no excuse.

"A couple of times I swerved when I wasn't paying attention when I was texting. Occasionally I missed lights when I was on a call. Not good things really.

"Not so much personal safety - but for other people. It's like with drink-driving, I thought if people want to do it, then fair enough. But then I realised if something does go wrong it's other people's lives you're ruining, not your own. It's just not worth it really.

"I think they're idiots. I've seen the shows. I've seen it happen. It's really not worth it for the extra two seconds it takes to pull over."

Laura Woods, campaign officer at Brake said: "We're living in an age when being constantly connected is the norm; more and more of us have smartphones, and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute. While there are enormous benefits to this new technology, it's also posing dangerous temptations to drivers to divert their concentration away from the critical task at hand, often putting our most vulnerable road users in danger.

"Many people who wouldn't dream of drink-driving are succumbing to using their phone and other distractions while driving, oblivious that the effect can be similar and the consequences just as horrific.

"We're calling on the South West's drivers to tune into road safety: turn off your phone or put it in the boot, and never try to multi-task at the wheel. We're also appealing to everyone to refuse to chat to someone on the phone who's driving, to help them arrive safely."

7:01am 18th November 2013

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