GEM welcomes increased penalties for drivers using hand-held mobile phones
ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist has welcomed today’s Government announcement that anyone caught using a hand-held mobile phone while driving would receive a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “We absolutely must create an environment where drivers take more responsibility for their actions. Research has made clear that talking on a hand-held mobile phone greatly increases someone’s risk of being involved in a crash.
“We want to see publicity campaigns setting out the dangers – and the costs – for those who may still regard mobile phone use as acceptable when driving. Let’s also call for a more responsible attitude from the people they may be speaking to. If you know you’re talking to someone who’s driving, then tell them to call back when it’s safe.
“We would also welcome innovations in enforcement technology, so that police officers really can make a difference in pushing right down the number of people willing to take such unnecessary risks when driving.”
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