Starting today (March 1), people gathered using mobile phones or tablets, while behind the wheel will face fines of £200 and six points on their licence. The modifications are dual the existing consequences. The changes mean anyone who is caught using their phone within the first two years of getting their licence could have it cancelled. While declining the fine could outcome in a court order.However, the overwhelming opinion of the respondents to the consultation was that this wasn’t a strong enough deterrent, and with this in mind, the penalty for using a mobile phone whilst driving is due to double from £100 to £200 – and the penalty points will go up from three to six, regardless of vehicle.
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GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: “There is serious risk in the physical distraction of holding a phone while driving. “But there is also the risk of the mental distraction every driver faces when trying to do something else other than drive.
"As technology develops, mobile phones are ordinary, but we need to take duty for our actions and as drink or drug driving has become publicly intolerable, so must using mobile phones at the wheel.
"Although you won't be taking your eyes off the road, merely attractive in a discussion will mean that your devotion is elsewhere and not fully on the road and the environment around you, and if your driving is affected you could be charged with "not being in proper control of your vehicle"."
Finally, if you have to use your mobile phone, pull over and park safely, but not on the motorway. And if someone you call answers the phone whilst they’re driving, confidently ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely or journey's end.