Stricter penalties for drivers using mobiles supported by DMU students

By Liam Connell and Rachel King

Students and staff at De Montfort University have backed legislation under which drivers caught using their phones will face stricter penalties, which comes into force today (March 1).

In an attempt to clamp down on phones being used while driving, those caught will face a penalty of six points on their licence.

Drivers may have their licence taken away if they gain six points on their licence within two years of passing their test. Meaning new drivers caught on their phones while driving will instantly have their licence revoked.

Those caught using their phone twice will face 12 points on their licence, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.

The new legislation comes after 99 people in Britain were killed last year in result of drivers using their phone while behind the wheel.

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