UK News More than 200 drivers a day flout mobile laws

12:31  29 may  2017
12:31  29 may  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Image: One driver pulled over by police during the crackdown was doing his online banking on the motorway.

In a four-week period in March this year, more than 200 motorists were spotted each day - the equivalent of one every seven minutes. Figures obtained from police forces across Britain show there were 5,977 instances of illegal mobile use by drivers during the crackdown, from 1 to 28 March.

One driver was pulled over every seven minutes during March due to illegal mobile phone use in their car © Getty One driver was pulled over every seven minutes during March due to illegal mobile phone use in their car  Police say nearly 6,000 motorists have been caught using mobile phones illegally at the wheel during a major crackdown. 

In a four-week period in March this year, more than 200 motorists were spotted each day - the equivalent of one every seven minutes.

Since 1 March, motorists who have fallen foul of the law have faced a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

The new tougher punishments mean that new drivers risk losing their licence for sending a single text.

Figures obtained from police forces across Britain show there were 5,977 instances of illegal mobile use by drivers during the crackdown, from 1 to 28 March.

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MORE than 200 motorists a day were caught using mobiles illegally in the wake of a major crackdown. Campaigners claimed the findings suggest many drivers are ignoring warnings about the dangers of phones at the wheel.

Drivers are ignoring tougher penalties for using their mobiles behind the wheel, new figures reveal. More than 200 motorists a day were caught using their phones illegally in the four weeks after more severe punishments came into force.

Of the forces that provided information, the Metropolitan Police registered the highest number at 2,037, meaning more than 70 drivers were caught using a handheld phone on London's roads each day.

The lowest figure was provided by Gwent in Monmouthshire, with 22 reported cases - less than one person a day.

Incidents include a man doing his online banking while driving on the M5 near Birmingham, and a driver on his phone while behind the wheel of a school minibus with 10 children on board in Manchester.

While the number of drivers fined for using mobiles in their cars has fallen in recent years, it is argued this is down to the reduction in the number of full-time dedicated road policing officers rather than better driver safety standards.

Road safety charity Brake called driver distraction a "growing menace" and called for the £200 fine to be "significantly increased".

Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents on Britain's roads in 2015, with motorist mobile phone use a contributory factor.

Police are keen to show mobile phone use is not a minor offence and say they want to make it as "socially unacceptable" as drink-driving.

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