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Driving on your mobile phone could soon cost you £200

New tougher rules are coming into play from March for those found to be driving on their mobile phone.

First-time drivers will be instantly banned while experienced drivers will face double the points and a £200 fine.

If you are caught twice you’ll be banned for six months and face a £1000 fine.

At the moment drivers who are caught are given three penalty points and a minimum fine of £100 – this will go up to six points and a £200 fine.

But thousands of drivers ignore the law and continue to use their phone behind the wheel.

We’d challenge you to drive around without seeing a driver talking on his or her mobile.

Those who have just passed the test will have their driving licence revoked if caught.

 

If you are caught twice as a more experienced driver you will be taken to court and face a six-month driving ban and up to £1000 fine.

Inspector Matt Butler, from the Alliance Roads Policing department, said: “It has been illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving or riding a motorcycle since December 2003. However, many motorists still fail to see that it is not possible to use a phone and be in proper control of a vehicle.

“Whatever the reason for using a mobile device when driving – texting, scanning a newsfeed or streaming video content – it can wait until your journey is over. Nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of road users around you.”

 

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