May 28, 2008

Mobile phone use on the increase

The number of drivers caught using a hand-held mobile phone has risen by almost a third, according to a report by the Ministry of Justice, despite a recent controversial government campaign warning drivers of the dangers. The figures show a dramatic increase in police taking action, having recently been granted greater powers to deal with offenders. Nearly 164,900 fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers caught using a hand-held mobile phone across England and Wales last year, resulting in a £60 fine and three points on their licence.
Head of road policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers, Chef Constable Steve Green, told BBC News he wanted the Government to push the message of road safety by better educating drivers.

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