Crackdown on dangerous drivers
Caught using a Mobile Phone
Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones in Britain are to face “much tougher penalties”, with fines and points doubling. Under new rules expected to be set this year, drivers could face fines of £200 and six penalty points. Newly qualified drivers could be made to retake their test the first time they are caught. This comes alongside pressure by ministers calling for motorists who cause death while on a mobile phone to face tougher sentences.
Neil Greig, RoadSmart director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said he “strongly” supported a mobile phone awareness course as an automatic option for first offenders.
Drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences are also set to face harsher penalties under new sentencing guidelines for magistrates. Fines for motorists caught going well above the speed limit will start from 150% of their weekly income rather than the existing level of 100%.
Drive carefully and abide by the rules!