Drivers up and down the country have been offered a timely reminder from GEM Motoring Assist to be prepared for increased penalties should they be caught using a mobile phone at the wheel after March 1st.
It's from this date that the government will be introducing new, higher penalties for all individuals found guilty of this dangerous behaviour, with the penalty increasing to six points on a person's licence and a fine of £200.
The move is designed to increase the deterrent for all motorists who might be tempted to use a mobile phone when in charge of their vehicle.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: "There is serious risk in the physical distraction of holding a phone while driving. But there is also the risk of the mental distraction every driver faces when trying to do something else other than drive."
He concluded that concentrating on anything other than driving when in charge of a vehicle is compromising safety.
Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Drivers need to remain focused on the road at all times.
"Using a mobile phone can be a significant distraction and therefore we wholeheartedly agree with the tougher penalties that could make many drivers think twice before placing themselves and others in danger."
Posted on 17th February 2017
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