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February 1, 2008

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Mobile phone penalties “ineffective” say road safety experts

Some of the UK’s leading road safety experts have called current laws banning drivers from using hand-held mobile phones ineffective.

Last February the penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving rose from £30 to £60, with three penalty points added in an attempt to further discourage drivers from flaunting the law.

The Local Authority Road Safety Officers’ Association (LARSOA) has carried out a poll of 185 of its members on the effectiveness of the legislation. While 100 per cent of members agreed with the need for the legislation, 75 per cent of them said they did not think it was effective.

When asked what more could be done to increase the effectiveness of the ban, over 90 per cent of respondents called for stricter enforcement of the current laws as crucial to making roads safer. Up to 85 per cent of respondents believed that mobile phones are the most dangerous in-car distraction.

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