New figures show that more than 6,000 motorists have been caught at least twice in the past four years for driving while distracted, including using a mobile phone. (The Guardian)
The figures, released by the DVLA in response to a FOI request by the Press Association, also show that more than 400 drivers were caught three times for the offence, 20 were caught four times and three were caught five times.
The RAC said the figures show that drivers feel there is ‘little chance of seeing a traffic police officer, let alone be caught by one for using their handheld phone’.
The data relates to the number of CU80 endorsements on driving records which are handed out to drivers found to be not in full control of their vehicle. Almost 174,000 drivers have at least one CU80 endorsement, which are erased after four years.
Pete Williams, RAC road safety spokesman, said: “Responsible motorists and road users will be shocked to hear the number of persistent handheld mobile phone drivers who are prepared to disregard a first endorsement and continue to put their own lives and those of other road users at risk.
“The threat of a second endorsement and the possibility that they will lose their licence clearly is not enough to deter this hard core of drivers who are either oblivious to, or wantonly disregard, the danger it poses – often believing there is little chance of seeing a traffic police officer, let alone be caught by one for using their handheld phone at the wheel.”
Josh Harris, director of campaigns at road safety charity Brake, told the Guardian: “6,000 repeat offenders in the past four years is truly staggering and makes a mockery of the points system. The laws clearly need tightening alongside stricter enforcement.”