Findings published following an investigation conducted by a national newspaper have revealed that the number of drivers still using their mobile phones whilst driving is staggeringly high; prompting calls from safety campaigners for offenders to automatically receive a one year driving ban.
Under current legislation it is illegal to drive whilst using a handheld mobile phone; and those caught doing so run the risk of receiving an automatic fixed penalty notice, three penalty points and a £100 fine.
Drivers caught using a mobile phone could also end up in court, disqualified from driving and handed a maximum £1,000 fine – which increases to £2,500 if you were driving a goods vehicle or bus at the time of the offence.
However, despite the penalties if caught, investigation has found that a number of drivers are still using their phones when behind the wheel, to either call or text someone; whilst HGV drivers were also caught using their phones whilst driving along the motorway.
Although the investigation has found that a significant number of drivers are still flouting the laws in regards to mobile phones and driving; figures published earlier this month by the Department for Transport, revealed that the number of prosecutions for drivers caught using a phone has fallen by 30 percent over the last two years.
The figures published by the Department also revealed that during the same period, the number of drivers who received on the spot fines, for such offences, also declined by 30 percent.
For those drivers who are facing accusations of using a mobile phone while driving or allowing its use by someone else while driving then the specialist road traffic offence solicitors at Lester Morrill can advise you on your options and provide expert representation.
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