Saturday, 26 March 2016

Motorists who use their mobile phones at the wheel will face heavier fines of £150 as part of a new government crackdown . . .

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Motorists who use their mobile phones at the wheel will face heavier fines of £150 as part of a new government crackdown

  • Minsters launched the road safety initiative after a spate of cyclist deaths prompted concern over lorry drivers who flout the law 
  • Penalty points for truck drivers caught breaking the law will now double in a bid to prevent more deaths on roads
  • Car and van drivers caught using their mobile phones will see penalty points increase from three points to four
  • Last year, 21 fatal car crashes and 84 'serious accidents' were blamed on a driver using a mobile phone at the wheel 


Cited at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3367628/Motorists-use-mobile-phones-wheel-face-150-fine.html

Motorists caught using their mobile phones at the wheel face a fine of £150 as part of a Government crackdown on dangerous driving.

The Government's new road safety plan comes after a spate of cyclist deaths prompted concern over lorry drivers who continue to flout the law.

Penalty points for truck drivers caught using their phones will now double in a bid to prevent more deaths on roads.

Penalty points for truck drivers caught using their phones at the wheel will now double under the proposals

The maximum penalty for truck drivers caught breaking the law will double from three points to six and car and van drivers will see penalty points increase from three points to four.

Last year, 21 fatal car crashes and 84 'serious accidents' were blamed on a driver using a mobile phone at the wheel.

All drivers will face heftier fines which shoot up from £100 to £150 The Independent reports. 

Government proposals will mean that first-time offenders will still be offered special courses in an effort to change their behaviour. But repeat offenders will face harsher fines.

The Government's new road safety plan has been welcomed by safety campaigners but a cycling group told The Independent, that ministers need to put more police on roads. 

David Murray, head of communications and campaigns at CTC, the national cycling charity told The Independent: 'While CTC welcomes this move as one way to discourage texting while driving, the biggest deterrent would be a greater police presence on our roads. 

'Sadly, cuts to policing have had a disproportionately high impact on police numbers on our roads. 


Stop mobile distraction before getting behind wheel, say RSA



There has been a sharp increase in the amount of drivers talking and texting while they drive, figures show

Over the past five years, the number of drivers caught using mobile phones behind the wheel has dropped by 47 per cent, according to figures seen by the RAC.

However there has been a sharp increase in the amount of drivers talking and texting while they drive. In 2014, 492 accidents were a result of a driver using a phone, up 40 per cent on 2010. 


Edmund King, president of the AA, said there was an 'epidemic of hand-held mobile phone use while driving' and backed the Government's clampdown.





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