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Britons admit to driving offences

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Many Britons freely admit to using mobile phones while driving and parking illegally but may not be so quick to tell their car insurance company, according to new research.

Four in 10 adults said they were happy to use a mobile phone while driving, even though it is against the law, a study of 3,000 people for crime drama channel Alibi found. Participants in the poll were asked if they ever broke the law, how often and if they were prepared to do so again.

More than a third (36%) said they had parked illegally, while 14% said they had driven while drunk, with 28% of this figure admitting to having done so five or more times.

Six per cent of those surveyed said they did not know it was illegal to drink and drive, the research found.

Alibi's channel head Steve Hornsey said: "These shocking statistics show that even with the best intentions many people cross the line in breaking the law."

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