The number of drivers caught using their mobile at the wheel has halved in the past five years, but not, it seems, because the message is getting through.

Over 90,000 offenders were stopped last year as opposed to 178,000 in 2012. Unfortunately this statistic is more likely to be as a result of the number of trafficc officers being halved since 2000, according to the National Police Federation.

A recent RAC survey discovered that nearly one third of UK motorists text, call or use apps while driving.

Tempting as it is to use your mobile phone while at the wheel, offenders currently face three points and a fixed penalty of £60.

However this is about to change as points will go up to six and the fine increases to £200. HGV drivers could face up to £2,500 and a six month driving ban.

Businesses and individuals must build awareness of the social unacceptability of mobile use while driving, so make sure you and people driving for your business know the rules – and the consequences – and are using a legal hands-free system.

Contact GWA Cars & Finance for more information on the latest in hands-free systems.

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