Are Stiffer Penalties For Using Phone At The Wheel Enough?

Are Stiffer Penalties For Using Phone At The Wheel Enough?

Home / News | posted on 01 03 2017

Penalties for using a handheld mobile whilst driving have increased today in Great Britain, but is this enough to stem the tide of distracted driver incidents?

The penalty has increased to six points on the offenders driving licence and a £200 fine. New drivers who get six points or more must retake their practical and theory tests, whilst more experienced drivers can be banned if they accumulate 12 points. The tougher punishments come alongside a hard-hitting advertising campaign, but will this be sufficient to change attitudes? Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said "It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users". Calls to prevent drivers using phones intensified last year in the wake of several high-profile cases, including when lorry driver Tomasz Kroker killed a mother and three children while distracted by his phone on the A34.

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