Thousands Caught Using Mobile Phone at the Wheel Despite Crackdown

According to the BBC, Police forces all over the country penalised nearly 6,000 motorists for using a mobile device while driving in the four weeks since tougher legislation came into effect on March 1st.

Under the new rules, the penalty for using a phone while driving doubled to £200 and six penalty points. New drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their driving test will have their licence revoked altogether.

Drivers stopped by traffic officers included a man using his phone while driving a 7.5-tonne lorry around a roundabout in Bournemouth and a schoo minibus driver who had 10 children on board at the time.

The high number of people breaking the law means the "key message still isn't sinking in", said Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity The RAC Foundation.

AA president Edmund King said changing drivers' attitudes would take time:

"We know we can't change the attitudes and actions of all drivers overnight.

"We now have stricter penalties so need to continue with education campaigns (including driving schools) plus more police enforcement."

Thames Valley Police recorded the second-largest total at 478, followed by Police Scotland (339), Hampshire Police (280) and Cheshire Police (224). In 2015, 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents caused by a driver using their phone.