Motorists back tougher penalties for mobile phone users
by Richard Kilner
Direct Line has commissioned research revealing that 69% of British motorists back harsher penalties for drivers caught using mobile phones behind the wheel.
The news that motorists support heftier fines or more penalty points for the transgression comes as the Government contemplates introducing harsher punishments for drivers who use mobile phones.
Direct Line’s early research has shown that reaction times when using a mobile phone are almost 50% slower than under normal driving conditions.
Presently motorists face a £60 fine and three penalty points, with 1.5% of drivers gaining penalty points this way, far less than the 16% who admit to having used a mobile whilst driving.
Director of Motor Underwriting Andy Goldby has argued that more needs to be done to deter motorists from engaging in mobile phone use, as the gap between the numbers using their phones whilst driving and the numbers caught doing so remains large.
In November last year research by the ABI revealed that drivers considered mobile phone use to be the biggest menace on the roads.