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Illegal Mobile Phone Use Declining

Posted in General News on Monday, March 5th, 2018

According to the feedback of a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to police forces around the UK the number of people using their mobile phones while driving has fallen by 39% since last year. The figures show that the amount of people who were caught using their mobile phone while driving has fallen from 46,594 in 2016 to 30,417 in 2017. While the harsher penalties of a £200 and 6 penalty points on offenders driving licences have had the desired effect of lowering this illegal activity, according to the 37 polices forces that responded to the FOI request the higher fines have led to the government making an extra £750,000 in enforcement income in just one year. However, it is not the increase in fines that is causing motorists the most financial worry. The increase in penalty points means that those drivers who are caught using their mobile phone while driving will now face significant increases in their insurance premiums as a result. The AA estimates that those who receive six penalty points for flouting this law can expect there insurance premium to rise by as much as 40%.

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Sam Dhaliwal

Monday, March, 5th, 2018

I disagree. I've seen drivers using mobiles & often police IGNORE the driver! On the spot fines & immediate 3 or 6 points!!


Monday, March, 5th, 2018

I find it very hard to believe that illegal Mobile phone use has declined. This is based on my own observations whilst out and about. What has most probably declined is the reporting by the police of this illegal activity. When people are caught the penalty is still slightly light given the consequences of being distracted etc.

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Mark W

Monday, March, 5th, 2018

1. The offence is that of using a *handheld* mobile phone. 2. How do we know that illegal mobile phone use is declining anyway? it could be a reduction in traffic officers that caused the drop in convictions. We don't know and should not infer what isn't necessarily there.