Using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving was made illegal in 2003, when the penalty was limited to a £30 fine. Last year, the law was toughened, with drivers now facing a £60 fine and three points on their licence if they are caught.
And nearly 500 motorists are being fined every day for doing just that- a rise of 30% in a year.
I wonder how they are being caught? GATSOs certainly can't do it and there are no Rozzers around, are there?
NOTE: Plod now check mobile phone records after accidents to see if the driver was making a call at the time. You've been warned.
In 2005, 129 700 motorists were issued with £30 fixed penalty notices for using a hand-held mobile phone. Latest figures will show that more than 168 000 fines were issued in 2006.