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British Crackdown On Drivers Using Mobile Phones While Driving
More than 200 drivers a day caught using mobiles illegally in the wake of a major crackdown (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 309)
May 31, 2017 World News
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Police forces in Britain penalised almost 6,000 motorists for the offence of using a mobile phone while driving over the four weeks after tougher punishments came into effect, equal to one motorist every seven minutes.

Campaigners claimed the findings suggest many drivers are ignoring warnings about the dangers of phone use while at the wheel.

Since March, offenders have faced six points on their licence and a £200 (256USD) fine, up from the previous penalty of three points and £100. Under the rules, new drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their driving test will have their licence revoked altogether. Road safety charity Brake called for the £200 fine to be "significantly increased" to deter offenders.

Yet figures obtained via Freedom of Information requests show 5,977 recorded instances in the weeks after the clampdown. The figure may be higher still, as not all police forces listed dates.

The high number of people breaking the law means the "key message still isn't sinking in," said Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation. "Driving is a safety-critical activity that requires our full attention. Hands need to be on the wheel and eyes looking out of the windscreen, not down at the phone screen," he added.

Details of some of the most extreme incidents reported by police included:

  • a man doing his online banking on the M5 near Birmingham
  • a driver using his phone at the wheel of a school minibus carrying ten kids in Manchester
  • Norfolk Police stopped a woman who was responding to a message about her lost puppy being found
  • A man using his phone while driving a 7.5-tonne lorry around a roundabout in Bournemouth
  • More than a third of the 5,977 incidents reported occurred on London's roads, making it the place with the highest number of offences in the country
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