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How to deter misuse of phones by drivers?

Third of advanced drivers support confiscating mobile phones for offenders behind the wheel

Mark Moran
03 April 2024
IAM RoadSmart director of policy and standards Nicholas Lyes said: “Using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel is illegal and dangerous and many drivers want police forces to prioritise enforcement against these offenders. Moreover, the idea of confiscation of phones and paying an additional fine for its return has the backing of a surprisingly sizeable number of drivers.

 

A third of advanced drivers support confiscation of mobile phones for offenders behind the wheel, but opinion is split on whether current penalties are sufficient.

A survey of IAM RoadSmart members carried out in February 2024 found that a third (34%) of respondents support the idea of the police confiscating mobile phones for a short period with 27% of them believing offenders should pay to get their phone back. This would be an additional punishment to the existing £200 fine and points...

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