11:04 14 May 2013
There are now more reasons to stop using mobile phone while driving. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, has announced tougher penalties for those who are using handheld devices to call, text, or even Tweet.
It was revealed that ministers are planning to increase the fine from £60 to £90. In addition, offenders will also receive three penalty points.
Critics said that although the stricter rules are great, tougher enforcement will seal the deal.
Announcing the crackdown, Mr McLoughlin, did not deny that he have used his mobile phone while driving before. However, considering the danger that this brings to other motorists, he said he will not do it now.
He added that he finds it “unbelievable” for other people to risk their lives by texting, tweeting, or using Facebook while they are driving.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: 'With both texting and hand-held use of mobile phones at the wheel causing more impairment than being at the drink-drive limit or under the influence of cannabis, the police need to target the large number of motorists continuing to flout the law.'
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