More motorists caught on mobiles

  • Official Government figures released
  • Sharp rise in number of drivers caught
  • 60 fine and penalty points for offenders
Words By Jim Holder

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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.