It was revealed on Friday that the figure for the number of drivers handed points and a £100 fine by police for using their phone at the wheel has dropped by 24% in the past year.
This is down to the fact that many more drivers are being sent on awareness courses instead. Experts believe that first-time offenders are offered safety courses instead, similar to those offered to those caught speeding. On the other hand, many people believe the fall in figures is down to fewer police officers on the road.
Last year a survey found that the biggest in-car cause of distractions for motorists is a phone. Last week a speeding driver on drugs was jailed for four years after knocking down and killing a teenager as he checked his phone. This highlights the importance of sanctioning those who drive and use their mobile.