A senior police spokesperson has put forward the idea that people caught using a mobile phone while driving should have their device seized.
Speaking at the Roads Policing Conference 2017, PC Jayne Willetts, the Police Federation of England and Wales’ lead on roads policing, expressed her concern that new legislation coming into effect in a little over a month is already ‘behind the times’.
PC Willetts asked delegates to consider whether the seizure of mobile phones or SIM cards, along with a combination of education and fines, might help combat the problem.
In November 2016, the Government announced it would double the penalties for those caught using a mobile phone while driving. Under the new legislation, which will come into effect on 1 March, drivers will receive six points on their licence and face a £200 fine.
PC Jayne Willetts told the conference: “The increase of the fine to £200 and six points on a driving license will still not be a deterrent to some of the hard-core and conditioned drivers who will continue using their phones while driving.
“The legislation is still lacking for these offenses, and does not take into account the use of phone watches.
“As technology is rapidly progressing, I fear our legislation is already behind the times. Is the seizure of mobile phones or their SIM cards – along with an education system – the way forward, combined with fines? I don’t know, but it’s a question worth asking."
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