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Six points for using your mobile phone at the wheel

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A ‘two-strikes and you’re out’ policy could be rolled out for drivers who are caught using their mobile phones.

The Government is considering whether motorists who make and take calls at the wheel should receive six points on their licence, rather than three.

If they follow the recommendation from senior police officers, a driver who is caught twice in the space of three years would be banned from driving.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said he is considering tougher penalties to try and reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured because a driver was distracted by their mobile.

Civil servants are set to draft legislation to tackle the problem, although no new laws are expected before the next General Election.

Philip Goldberg, head of criminal litigation at Lester Morrill Solicitors, said that using a mobile phone was statistically more dangerous than drink driving.

“Whilst most people would not dream of drink driving there is not the same reluctance to use your mobile,” he said.

“If you cause a tragedy behind the wheel you would receive a lengthy custodial sentence and have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life.

“Get a hands free kit or just wait to use your mobile. Nothing can be that urgent.”

In 2011, driving while using a mobile contributed to 23 deaths and 74 serious injuries.