Penalties for Phone Use While Driving to Increase
Drivers caught using their phones while driving will now face a £200 fine and six points on their licence.From 2017, drivers caught using their phones while driving will face a £200 fine (up from £100) and six points (up from three) on their licence. This will also apply to new drivers as well, so if you're caught using your phone in the first 2 years of being a driver, you will be forced to re-sit your driving test. The changes come after an RAC study found almost a third of motorists make calls, text and use mobile apps behind the wheel. RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The Government’s swift action to the findings in the RAC Report on Motoring shows they understand just how dangerous it can be to use a handheld mobile phone at the wheel. Increasing the fine from £100 to £200 and doubling the penalty points from three to six will help to deter people from doing it in the first place." With 492 phone-related car accidents, 84 of which were serious and 21 fatal accidents, in 2014 there are questions about whether these changes will make a big enough difference to road safety.
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