Drivers using mobiles face £1,000 fine

Motorists
who use mobile phones while driving will face fines of up to £1,000.

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Ananova reports that initially offenders will be subject to a £30 fine, but
this can be increased to a maximum of £1,000 if the matter goes to court.

The
planned legislation will take effect from December 1 and see drivers get three
points on their licence each time they are caught holding a phone.

Road
Safety Minister David Jamieson said research shows that driving and using a
mobile phone meant motorists are four times more as likely to have an accident.

Hands-free
calls were also distracting and still put drivers at risk, he said.

By Quentin Reade

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