Since Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation came into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving will now receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment.
It is hoped that the tougher penalties will act as a deterrent and encourage people to think before they pick up a phone whilst driving.
Whether it’s looking at a text or a new social media post, streaming a video behind the wheel, checking emails or making a phone call, all of these activities are dangerous.
It diverts attention away from the road and increases the chances of being involved in a road collision, putting not only the driver but others at risk with potentially devastating consequences.
The message is clear and simple - don’t use you mobile phone when driving.