1/3/2017 0 Comments
From today, motorists using a phone while driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine (up from the previous three points and £100 penalty), while new drivers face losing their licence.
It has been illegal to wield your mobile behind the wheel since 2003, but many motorists flout the law and the Government wants to toughen up.
Police forces across the country will be cracking down on mobile phone use at the wheel from today (March 1)
to March 7, as tougher penalties come into force. Motorists caught using their mobile twice or accruing 12 points on their licence will face magistrates’ court, being disqualified and fines of up to £1,000.
New drivers, within two years of passing their test, risk having their licence revoked and lorry or bus drivers can be suspended if caught.
Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink-driving
Using mobile phones when driving
As well as the police crackdown, the Government has launched a Think! campaign to warn drivers of the new penalties and the dangers of using mobiles while driving and encouraging them to put their phone away in the glovebox.
The campaign will see adverts on billboards, radio and social media as well as a hard-hitting video (see below) in cinemas, which was developed in partnership with The AA Charity Trust.
Stickers and other in-car merchandise that encourage motorists to put their phone away and out of reach while driving will be distributed through partnerships with driving schools and car rental companies.
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