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Complainant Name:
Mr Tony Seaton

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Manchester Evening News

Complaint:

Mr Tony Seaton of Southampton complained that an article had inaccurately claimed that drink driving was less dangerous than driving whilst using a mobile phone, even with a hands free set. He indicated that statistics clearly demonstrated otherwise. The complainant was particularly concerned that articles such as this could lead to a blanket ban on mobile phone use; his view was that resources should be focused on drink drivers instead.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

In an article published on September 11 headlined “1,000 caught on the phone while driving” we reported that research had shown that driving while using a phone was more dangerous than driving while over the alcohol limit, even when using a hands-free kit. Although this was the result of a university study – which we had previously reported – we have asked to point out that statistically more people are killed on the roads each year as a result of drink driving than as a result of mobile phone use.

Report: 74



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