HC Deb 07 January 2004 vol 416 c356W
Mr. Blunt

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths in road traffic accidents involved(a) the use of hand held mobile phones and (b) drivers smoking in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002. [143836]

Mr. Jamieson

Research has shown that using a mobile phone while driving is distracting and drivers are four times more likely to have an accident if they do so. While many other activities may also be distracting, we are not aware of a similar risk from the effects of smoking while driving.