According to a survey of 2,900 motorists young motorists, almost half have admitted they make or receive phone calls while driving.

Two-fifths of motorists aged between 17 and 25 confessed to the offence that currently carries a fixed penalty notice of £60 and three points on the license.

Just over one in 10 young drivers, suggested it is not even dangerous to use a phone while behind the wheel, with one in three saying that changing tracks on an MP3 player does not pose a risk.

The North West region, is home to the highest proportion of young risk-takers on the roads, the survey found, with almost one in five stating that is it not dangerous to use a mobile phone while driving.

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