Following analysis of the consultation responses, the Department for Transport has decided to proceed with the following proposals:
· raise the fixed penalty points issued under a fixed penalty notice for this offence from 3 to 6 for all drivers
· raise the fixed penalty notice fine from £100 to £200 for all motor vehicles
Have a read through the two reports I have attached from the official government web site. Click here.
Evidence suggests that the use of a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving was a contributory factor in 21 fatal accidents (1%) and 84 serious accidents (0.5%) in 2014 and there is a strong indication that this was under reported.
Use of a hand-held mobile phone device while driving has been illegal since 2003.
So why do so any drivers still use handheld mobile phones?
How many drivers can you spot with a mobile phone up to their ear next time you go out and about?
For those drivers who use their mobile or hands free technology:
· When did you last miss a turning whilst having phone conversation
· Ever experienced the, “I can’t remember the last ten minutes of my journey” following a phone conversation?
More Information from BRAKE
‘Rebekka’s story’. An interview with Lynda, whose daughter Rebekka was hit and killed by a driver who had been on his mobile phone, video by Brake
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