Car insurance: Drivers 'using phones in North Wales'

Thursday, 01 May 2008

Drivers in North Wales are disregarding a ban that prevents them from using a mobile phone while at the wheel.

According to statistics revealed by the Ministry of Justice, 3,083 fines were given out to drivers in the region for this offence in 2006, up from 424 in 2005, reports the Daily Post.

Hugh Gladon, spokesman with the Association of British Drivers, stated that the law is a good idea in principle but sometimes drivers are caught out for seemingly innocuous behaviour.

He told the paper: "Perhaps the law is over the top because it allows no leeway at all. Using a mobile phone while the car is stationary in traffic, in the queue behind an accident for instance, is just as banned."

Mr Gladon added that there is now too much emphasis placed upon cameras rather than police patrolling areas to cut down on poor driving.

Since February last year drivers caught carrying out the stipulated offence have had three points placed on their license and a £60 fine.

Drivers behaving irresponsibly may also find that their car insurance premiums are negatively impacted upon.

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