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Poll: Are women more likely to use their mobile phones while driving?

Today we’re asking if women are more likely to have their eyes on their phones while behind the wheel, after a senior Garda said that young females are more likely to be texting while driving.

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YESTERDAY IT WAS reported that a senior garda said teenage girls and young women are the worst offenders when it comes to texting while driving. Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny said it took things to the “next level of danger”.

The Road Safety Authority’s latest ad fires a warning shot about the dangers of texting while driving, and the video features a young woman at the wheel.

Kenny’s comments coincide with the launch of a new report which shows that speed is the biggest killer on the roads of Donegal, and that 40 od speed-related road fatalities were male. The report marks the launch of a new initiative which will see the Road Safety Authority and the Gardaí visit counties around the country to strengthen the local road safety message.

Update: The RSA has confirmed to that data on prosecutions for driving while holding a mobile phone is not recorded by gender, so the number of women who have been caught versus the number of men is not identifiable.

Is Garda Kenny correct? Do you think women are more at fault when it comes to texting at the wheel?

Poll Results:

Yes, women are more likely to text (483)
Men and women are equally at fault (282)
No, men are more likely to send messages (25)

Read more: Young women urged by Gardaí not to text and drive>

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