Motorists favour driving and smoking ban, says IAM

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Fifty-six per cent of motorists think that smoking while driving should be banned, according to a recent survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). However, almost half of respondents (forty-five per cent) think that such a ban would be unenforceable.

Fifty-six per cent of motorists think that smoking while driving should be banned, according to a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). However, almost half of respondents (forty-five per cent) think that such a ban would be unenforceable.

Respondents clearly have concern over the effects of smoking while driving. Seventy-five per cent of motorists think that lighting a cigarette while driving is a serious distraction.

Fifty-two per cent of those surveyed think the act of lighting a cigarette is the greatest potential danger of smoking and driving. While just two per cent believe that there are no dangerous elements to smoking while driving.

Other survey results reinforce the negative perception of smoking and driving. Respondents felt it was:

  • Irresponsible (forty-eight per cent)
  • As dangerous as using a mobile phone (forty-six per cent)
  • Dangerous (forty-three per cent)

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Smoking is clearly seen as a serious issue by motorists and highlights the impact of distractions in the car.
“The health benefits may be clear but more research needs to be done to determine whether there are actual road safety grounds to act on these concerns by banning smoking and driving altogether.”
ENDS

Notes to editors

1. IAM survey – smoking poll – 3, 016 (as of 12 April 2013)
2. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

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