Most Icelanders Use Mobile Phone While Driving - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Use Mobile Phone While Driving

Published May 5, 2010

A new poll from MMR shows that over 80% of Icelanders admit to talking on their mobile phones while driving, despite knowing the safety risks of the practice.
83% of respondents admitted to talking on their mobile phones while driving within the past 12 months. 71% do not use any hands-free accessories. Additionally, 47.2% of those under 30 said they have sent or read text messages while driving.
These figures are not especially out of line with figures elsewhere in the world. For example, a similar poll conducted in the US showed that 80% of Americans talk on the phone while driving, and 40% admitted to texting while driving.
Driving while using a mobile phone is illegal in Iceland. Not to mention it’s pretty dangerous. If you don’t believe us, at least believe Mythbusters.


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