Police target mobile phone users | Advice - Car News Feb 2021

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12:13 Monday 08 Feb 2021

A nationwide police enforcement campaign against illegal mobile phone use at the wheel is taking place over the next fortnight.

The campaign is highlighting the risks posed to both themselves and other road users by drivers who use their mobile phone illegally while driving.  Since 2017, the penalty for using a handheld mobile phone while driving is a £200 fine and six penalty points.  Using a hands-free device does not necessarily protect you from prosecution – if making a hands-free call distracts you to the extent that it affects your control of the vehicle you could still be hit with a £100 fine and three penalty points.

The concerted clamp down by police is being backed by road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist, whose chief executive Neil Worth said, “Please think about the consequences of picking up a phone. You wouldn’t do it with a police officer watching and you wouldn’t do it on your driving test. The risk doesn’t just disappear because the roads are quieter and there are fewer vehicles are on the road.”

 

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