Nearly 8,000 people have been caught using a mobile phone while driving during a police crackdown last November.
Police officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were tasked with taking a tough line with motorists during a week-long campaign and issued 40 fines an hour.
Another week-long campaign starts today as 36 forces try to do more to stop motorists picking up their phones while driving – a crime which carries the punishments of penalty points and costly fines.
These crackdowns come after lorry driver Tomasz Kroker was sentenced to 10 years in prison last October for killing a mother and three children when distracted by his mobile phone on the A34 in August 2016.
Gary Rae, campaigns director for road safety charity Brake, said: “We welcome this crackdown by police forces. The law needs to be much tougher with this type of offence, which appears to be growing in numbers.
“Younger drivers, especially those aged between 25 and 34, simply aren’t getting the message about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. Doing any other complex task while driving hugely increases your chance of crashing.
“These drivers are putting their own and other people’s lives in grave danger by taking this risk.
“If a phone has to be used as a sat nav, it must be programmed before setting off on the journey and properly secured. There is no other acceptable way to use a phone while driving.”
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