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UK penalties for mobile use while driving among toughest in Europe – but thousands still offending

Patrick McDonnell
26 February 2018
 

Although motorists in the UK face among the toughest penalties for using mobile phones in Europe, almost 12,000 a year are still being prosecuted for the offence, according to the charity IAM RoadSmart. 

While UK drivers face a £200 fine six points on their driving licence, figures published by the Ministry of Justice show the number of offenders convicted of “using or causing others to use a handheld mobile phone while driving” stood at 11,961 for 2016.

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