Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

New drivers could lose their licence if using a phone while driving

New drivers could lose their licence if using a phone while driving

"A hard-hitting Think! campaign will launch today as the tough new penalties come into force".

Devon and Cornwall Police will be out on the region's roads as the legislation comes into effect. Kroker was changing the music on his phone when the HGV he was driving ploughed into a queue of stationary traffic at 50mph, killing a mother and three children.

Switch off your mobile device before you set off so you are not tempted to use it. "Just a moments distraction from the road can have tragic results as national figures and recent high profile cases show".

Penalties and fines for offenders have been doubled to six points and £200 respectively from March 1.

Young and inexperienced drivers are being warned that this one mistake could cost them their licence as six points is enough to revoke a driving licence if you have had it less than two years. "It's about more than what you might have to pay as a penalty - you could hurt or kill an innocent person on the roads by checking a text or taking a call".

The campaign will be featured at cinemas and on billboards, radio and social media, with the message: 'You wouldn't drink and drive.

Pete Williams, road safety spokesman for the RAC, said: "The Government's swift action to the findings in the RAC Report on Motoring shows they understand just how unsafe it can be to use a handheld mobile phone at the wheel".

"The penalties have got tougher and so have we".

The Government's Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, said: "Our message is simple and clear: do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving. Turn off the phone and put it in the glove box".

Road safety is a top priority for Northumbria Police and Motor Patrols Chief Inspector Dave Guthrie, of the Operations Department, hopes the change in legislation will act as a further deterrent to drivers.

Mobile phone use was a contributory factor in 22 fatal and 75 serious road accidents in 2015, and was revealed as one of top 4 public concerns for road safety in a 2016 survey.

Leasing Options' research found that over three quarters of 25-34 year olds admitted that if their phone goes off when they are driving, they find it distracting, even if they choose not to answer it.

Why is it risky to use a handheld mobile device while driving?

To raise awareness among recently qualified drivers, GMP - along with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service- will hold an educational event for students at Bury College this Friday where they will have the chance to try a simulator that safely demonstrates the dangers of using a phone while driving.

Like this: