Increased penalties for driver mobile phone use

Currently drivers caught using their mobile device whilst behind the wheel can take an awareness course, similar to that offered to those breaking speeding limits, however under these new rules that's all set to change.

The government has announced that from next year this punishment will no longer be offered, and that motorists will face an increased fine of £200 (up from £100) and six points on their license.

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke on the subject during her recent visit to India "Sadly we have seen too many times the devastating and heart-breaking consequences of using a mobile phone while driving. A moment's distraction can wreck the lives of others forever."

"We are determined to make our roads safer by taking action against those who flout the law and put other people at risk. That's why we are doubling the penalties for using a mobile while driving, with tougher measures due to take effect next year. We will also launch a consultation on dangerous driving offences by the end of the year.

She continued "The sentence should fit the crime for those who kill or seriously injure on our roads and it should deter other drivers from causing needless harm just for the sake of taking a call or sending a text."

Do you think the decision is fair? Or would you back even stronger punishments?