Phone use drivers face more points

Mobile phone users caught at the wheel could soon pick up more penalty points, it has been revealed.

Drivers found flouting the ban on using phones on the road currently face a £60 fine and three points. But this could go up under proposals being considered by the Government. The existing regulations were introduced in February 2007.

National surveys show a 35% fall in the number of drivers using a phone at the wheel since penalties were increased, said the Department of Transport.

Reaction times for hand-held phone users are 30% worse than for driving under the influence of alcohol at the legal limit, said the department on its website.

New drivers risk having their licence revoked and resitting their test if they reach six points within two years of passing their test.

Motorists risk six to eight penalty points and a fine of up to £5,000 if caught driving without insurance.

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