Lose your driving licence
Newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel, under tougher penalties that come into force in England, Scotland and Wales today (1st Match 2017).
The government are bringing in these strong deterrants to prevent serious road accidents. Penalty points and fines for using a phone while driving will double, to six points and £200.
Drivers can have their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test. Those caught using their mobile twice, or who accrue 12 points on their licence, will face magistrates’ court, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.
Mobile phone epidemic: Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in road accidents where drivers were using a mobile phone last year in Britain.
Do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving
It may not seem like too much of a distraction, but it only takes a second. Holding and using your phone at the wheel can cause serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users. Your reacts are twice as long for drivers who are texting compared with those who have been drinking.
Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink driving.