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'Two-thirds of drivers unaware of new penalties for using handheld mobile'

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of drivers remain unaware of the consequences of being caught using a handheld phone more than 12 months after punishments were toughened.
A poll of 2,000 UK motorists found just 36% could correctly state that offenders face six penalty points and a £200 fine.

Some 41% of people believe more visible enforcement of the law is key to getting drivers to stop using their phones illegally, compared with 22% who advocate even stronger penalties.
Every year there are dozens of fatal crashes caused by motorists who have allowed themselves to be distracted by their phone.  Some 18% of drivers advocate the blocking of mobile signals within cars. In May last year, car manufacturer Nissan announced that it had developed a compartment which shields its contents - such as a driver's phone - from all mobile, Bluetooth and wi-fi signals. Department for Transport figures show 780 people were injured in accidents in 2016 when a driver was distracted or impaired by their phone, u…

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