“Behind the wheel, a mobile is as dangerous as alcohol.”
That’s the message of a campaign from Luxembourg’s road safety organisation, Sécurité Routière, which started on 2 July.
“Inattention [while driving] is now considered the second greatest cause of fatal and serious accidents, after speeding and ahead of driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics,” Sécurité Routière stated in a press briefing (PDF).
Police cited 3,519 drivers for using mobile phones behind the wheel in 2018, the group noted. However, Sécurité Routière reiterated “its disagreement with sanctions that are hardly dissuasive and insufficient police checks.”
The outfit reminded drivers that using mobile phones or wearing headphones will result in the loss of 4 driver licence points, instead of 2, starting in 2021 (as announced by the Green party transport minister François Bausch on 13 May).