Drivers who are caught using their mobile phone are set to be handed stronger punishments.
From March 1, stricter rules will come into effect and motorists will be slapped with a £200 fine along with six points on their driving licence.
Those caught will also no longer be offered a driver awareness course to forgo these punishments.
Prime Minister Theresa May and the nation’s police forces are aiming to change the public’s perception of using a mobile phone while driving and make it as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
These new punishments have been drawn up after police crackdowns across the country found more than 8,000 people using their phone behind the wheel in just one week.
Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said: “By ruling out courses and doubling the fine, ministers are reflecting public concern and showing they want to stamp out a potentially lethal activity before it becomes entrenched behaviour for a growing number of drivers.”
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.
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