Cambridgeshire motorists should be given bigger fines for using mobile phones while driving

Using a mobile phone while driving

Using a mobile phone while driving - Credit: Archant

Motorists who use mobile phones while driving should face bigger fines says Cambridgeshire’s police and crime commissioner.

Sir Graham Bright has added his support to a Government road safety plan which targets those who repeatedly offend.

He said: “I want people to understand that if they use a mobile phone at the wheel they can cause devastating accidents which cost lives.

“I am hopeful that these plans to increase fees and penalty points will serve as a stark reminder that persistent offenders could end up facing serious consequences.”

If Government plans are approved, motorists who use a mobile phone while driving could face tougher penalties, with fixed penalty fines increasing from £100 to £150 as well as an increase in the number of penalty points drivers receive from three to four.

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For drivers of larger vehicles like HGVs, points would rise from three to six points.

More than 2,415 tickets were issued to people using mobile phones while driving in Cambridgeshire in 2014.

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Sir Graham said: “Drivers need to be aware of the risks posed by being distracted at the wheel but also the serious penalties they will face if caught.”

A consultation will be held on the new plans in 2016.

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