Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Harsher punishments for drivers who use phones behind the wheel


New drivers now face losing their licence the first time they are caught using a phone behind the wheel illegally.
 
The penalties and fines handed out to offenders have been doubled to six points and £200 respectively.


The new measures have been introduced in the wake of a number of high-profile cases and research suggesting the practice is widespread.


New drivers can have their licence revoked if they get six penalty points within two years of passing their test, which could now be the result of sending a single text message or making a phone call.


More experienced drivers can lose their licence if they receive 12 points in a three-year period.


The latest figures show 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents on Britain's roads in 2015 where a motorist using a mobile was a contributory factor.




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