Motorists support tougher penalties for mobile phone use

12.00 | 13 June 2012 | | 3 comments

Drivers caught using mobile phones should receive harsher penalties, according to a survey carried out by GEM Motoring Assist.

GEM surveyed UK drivers to find out how they feel about the current penalties for motorists caught using mobile phones, asking if they are too lenient and whether they act as a serious deterrent.

91% of respondents said that penalties should be increased, with 90% saying that the fine should go up to £100, and 82% saying that offenders should receive six penalty points, not three.

David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM, said: “It’s interesting to see that drivers themselves believe that penalties are not severe enough. Driving while using a mobile phone can make motorists four times more likely to have a crash and reaction times 50% worse than when driving normally, making it one of the most dangerous laws to break on the road.

“Although having a mobile phone in your car for emergencies is advisable, we urge motorists to switch it off when driving to avoid distraction and the temptation to use it. We are working hard, in partnership with the National Campaign for Courtesy, to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone and have created a free leaflet on this issue to continue to make our roads a safer place.”


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    Well it’s going up to £100 but as has been said, without the dedicated traffic units on the roads, detections will always be low.

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    I agree with Dave and also suggest that the second offence which should be tightened up is tailgating. I don’t think anyone likes someone tied to their boot. It’s dangerous and totally inconsiderate driving. It is an offence and has been for many years and in the statute book but I have not yet heard of one prosecution.

    Bob Craven Lancs
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    What discourages mobile phone use while driving is fear of detection. Without reasonable levels of effective roads traffic policing there is no fear of detection so the scale of punishment becomes largely irrelevant. Perhaps we also need to review the points system, so many motorists have 3 or 6 points now that it’s become almost meaningless.

    Dave, Leeds
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