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Most back mobile phone ban on drivers
[Posted: Mon 25/03/2002 www.irishhealth.com]
by Deborah Condon
Over three-quarters of Irish people fully support a ban on the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers, according to the results of a new poll by irishhealth.com.
We asked our 33,200 plus registered users whether they backed new legislation banning hand-held mobile phones by drivers.
Of those who voted, 77% said that they 'support it fully', while 10% felt the government should focus on widening the ban on smoking instead.
A further 9% felt that such a ban would not work, while just 4% said that such a ban was wrong.
The ban, which came into effect last week, means that drivers must park safely before making or taking calls on hand-held mobile phones. It does not extend to hands free phones.
A breach of the ban carries a maximum penalty, on conviction in court, of a fine of €435 and/or three months imprisonment on a third offence.
See the full poll results and debate on the issue athttp://www.irishhealth.com/poll.html?pollid=90
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