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Mobile phone law change

Issued: 26 Feb 2007

ON THE PHONE DRIVING? ON THE SPOT FINING!

AS of tomorrow (27 February 2007) anyone caught using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving will face a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence.

The fine has risen by £30 for the offence since it was first introduced in December 2003 and this is also the first time that drivers will face penalty points, which could eventually lead to them losing their licence if enough are accrued.

Northern Constabulary is reminding drivers to adhere to the law in terms of the use of hand held mobile phones whilst driving. The new law is being introduced across Scotland.

Head of the Force’s Road Policing Section, Inspector John Smith said: “Despite the fact that using a mobile phones whilst driving has been an offence since December 2003, a high number of drivers continue to use their phones, putting themselves and other road users in danger.

“The increase in penalties for this offence is welcomed by Police and drivers now face losing their licence with the introduction of penalty points.

“Northern Constabulary will continue to seek out those who continue to use hand held mobile phones whilst driving.”

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