Motor insurance: Motorists 'get away with using mobiles'

Monday, 11 December 2006

Drivers who risk life and limb by chatting away on their mobile phones when behind the wheel are not being caught according to a new report.

The Liberal Democrats, a political party, have worked out that while 21 per cent of motorists admit to using their mobile phone while driving; just one per cent of drivers are actually caught and fined for the practice.

Some 74,000 drivers are fined each year but the Lib Dems claim this is just a fraction of the total number of drivers guilty of chatting at the wheel.

Alistair Carmichael, the party's transport secretary, said: "Driving while on the phone can be extremely dangerous and it is concerning that so few drivers are being caught.

"Much tougher punishments must be issued to discourage drivers from driving whilst on the phone, as it is the cause of countless serious accidents."

Since 2003, it has been an offence for car insurance customers to drive and talk on your phone. The penalty is a £30 fine which can rise to £1,000 on conviction in court.

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