Motorists from northern Britain are the least likely to comply with the law banning handheld mobile phone use behind the wheel, new research has claimed.
The Carphone Warehouse study alleged that northern drivers are most likely to break the mobile driving law after finding that customers in the region have bought fewer in-car kits than anywhere else in the UK.
Top of the in-car kit charts, which the mobile phone retailer suggests makes them the most law abiding, are drivers from the west who are a clear 10 per cent ahead of the north.
The midlands and the east are in between the two extremes, and the London area shows only marginally higher demand than the north.
The study was based on analysis of regional sales data from Carphone Warehouse's 600 UK stores for the 12 months after the ban of handheld mobile phones while driving was introduced on 1 December 2003.
The company also quizzed Britain's drivers about their reasons for buying in-car kits and found that for many it was simply because they want to talk more easily at the wheel, not because they are afraid of being pulled up by the police.
The findings come after a recent government study revealed that the number of motorists who drive while using a handheld mobile phone has dropped by just 25 per cent since the national ban came into effect last year.
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