Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said that a report, considering new ways to stop people using mobile phones at the wheel, will be published in the New Year.
The minister, who this month met with a group of people whose lives have been devastated by drivers flouting the law, said it was crucial to educate people about the dangers.
Mr McLoughlin told the Sunday Mirror that the report would look at the best options for reducing the number of offences.
“It will help us to further understand how many people are using their phones while driving and exactly how we go about tackling it,” he said.
“You can try using the law but it depends on catching people. We must try to get the message across.”
Among the victims to meet Mr McLoughlin was Imogen Cauthery, who was hit by a driver, who was on his mobile phone, when she was just nine-years-old.
Now 27, she is still suffering from the effects of epilepsy and memory loss following the collision 18 years ago.
“I’m forever seeing people using their phones while they’re driving. As far as I’m concerned they shouldn’t be on the roads if they’re using their phones.
“I’m wrapped in cotton wool now because of what happened to me. That driver ruined my life.”
Road safety charity Brake said that the time has come to make using a phone at the wheel as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
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