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Clampdown on drivers using phones appears to be working

It is now a year since penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving were increased and latest figures from Safer Roads Humber show that 658 drivers were detected using such a device in 2017, of which over 400 people have had the opportunity to attend a driver training course.  This is in comparison to the 1,200 drivers detected in 2016 for the same offence.

On March 1st last year, the penalty charge for using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving was changed from a £100 fine to £200 and from three to six points on your driving licence. Ruth Gore, spokesperson for Safer Roads Humber, said: “It is still too early to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the changes to the mobile phone law but we are encouraged that the numbers seem to have dropped.”

“However, we urge all motorists to drive safely and appropriately at all times and this includes giving the road your full attention.”

National research from the Department for Transport Think! show that whilst awareness of the penalty increase improved among adult drivers in England and Wales, and the perception of danger and unacceptability of using a phone whilst driving remained high, one in six admitted to doing it.