Commuting a quarter of the way around the M25 and back each day means I spend a lot of time in queues.

Such a queue requires plenty of attention on the road ahead and what's going on around you. Yet every day, I see countless drivers using their phone, whether it's for texting or reading, in their lap, hand, or on the steering wheel.

In fact, as we recently reported, in a one-week trial last November, police caught 7966 drivers on their phones, leading to more than 7800 fixed penalty notices and 68 court summons. And, as of today, a zero-tolerance law has come into force, with any driver caught using their phone behind the wheel given a minimum of six points on their licence. 

So, is driving an aspect of life that the smartphone culture of ‘always instant, never uncontactable’ has rendered many completely incapable of? Or have people always been this careless?