More motorists caught on mobiles

* Official Government figures released * Sharp rise in number of drivers caught * 60 fine and penalty points for offenders...

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Jim Holder
1 May 2008 10:03 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The number of drivers caught using a hand-held mobile phone when driving has risen sharply, according to the Government's official figures.

The number of drivers who were fined for illegal phone use has risen by a third in 12 months, from 129,700 in 2005 to 168,000 in 2006.

Using a hand-held mobile phone was made illegal in 2003, when the penalty was a 30 fine.

Last year, the law was toughened up, with drivers now facing a 60 fine and three points on their licence if they are caught.

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