Road safety campaigners have called for a ban on the use of hands free phones in cars; however the government has said they are not looking at banning hands free kits altogether.
The charity Brake, has also called for the penalty of using a phone behind the wheel to be increased from £100 to between £500 and £1,000 after a Freedom of information request proved more than 500,000 people had points on their licence for using a phone or being otherwise distracted.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: "We're living in an age when being constantly connected is the norm.
"More and more of us have smartphones, and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute.
"While there are enormous benefits to this new technology, it's also posing dangerous temptations to drivers to divert their concentration away from the critical task at hand, often putting our most vulnerable road users in danger.
"Many people who wouldn't dream of drink-driving are succumbing to using their phone and other distractions while driving, oblivious that the effect can be similar and the consequences just as horrific."
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