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Have you been affected by a mobile phone driver?

14:44 19 September 2016

Driving and texting

Driving and texting

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We’d like to hear from you if you’ve been affected by someone driving while using their mobile phone

The government is looking to double the punishment for illegal mobile phone use, meaning motorists caught using a handheld phone could be given six points and a £200 fine, up from three points currently.

The tougher sanctions would mean young drivers lose their licence the first time they are caught using a handheld phone.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROPSA), drivers using their mobile phone are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing themselves and other people.

And RAC research published earlier last week suggested that illegal mobile phone use is on the rise.

Almost one-third (31 per cent) of motorists admitted to using a handheld phone behind the wheel compared to just eight per cent in 2014 the survey of 1,714 UK motorists found.

The proportion of drivers who confessed to sending a message or posting on social media rose from seven per cent to 19 per cent over the same period.

Some 14 per cent of motorists even owned up to taking photographs or videos with their phone while driving.

The RAC believes a 27 per cent fall in the number of full-time dedicated roads policing officers in England and Wales (excluding London) between 2010 and 2015 has left drivers with no fear that they will be caught for offences which are not detected by automatic cameras.

Last week, we blogged about the dangers of this trend.

Has this issue affected you? Email tom.pyman@archant.co.uk with your stories.

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