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New punishments set to deter 91 per cent of drivers from using mobile phones at the wheel

Tuesday 28 February 2017, By Autovolo

New punishments set to deter 91 per cent of drivers from using mobile phones at the wheel

New punishments set to deter 91 per cent of drivers from using mobile phones at the wheel

Stricter punishments for drivers caught using their mobile phone at the wheel could see the number of convictions fall significantly, new research has claimed. 

The update to the law on using a mobile at the wheel is set to be enforced from tomorrow, and will see the punishment double in severity. 
Currently, drivers face up to three penalty points on their licence and a fine of £100 for the offence. From March 1, this becomes up to six penalty points and an on-the-spot fine of £200.

Personal and business leasing specialists Leasing Options surveyed 1,000 adults on the mobile phone law. 
The results revealed that while 76 per cent were aware of the upcoming changes to the law, 91 per cent would be deterred from ever using their phones in the future due to the punishment severity.

While 29 per cent of respondents claimed they would never use their phone at the wheel, almost as many (28 per cent) said that they thought it was acceptable to phone and drive in the event of an emergency. A further 16 per cent admitted to using their phone when parked at traffic lights.

Mike Thompson, brand manager at Leasing Options, commented: “There has been a lot of discussion recently as to whether the increase in punishment would actually stop people using their phones whilst driving. We are pleased to see that our research shows it may well see the number of drivers receiving points on their licence for this offence decrease.

“It’s important that we recognise mobile phones in vehicles as distractions and do all we can to remove this completely. The risks involved in picking up the phone for the driver, as well as other drivers on the road are far too great.