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Tough new penalties for using your phone while driving come into effect today

From today, it’s 6 points and a £200 fine if you hold and use your phone while driving. THINK! Put your phone away.

Newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel, under tougher penalties that come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 1st March 2017.

Drivers can have their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test. Those caught using their mobile twice, or who accrue 12 points on their licence, will face magistrates’ court, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.

Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in road accidents where drivers were using a mobile phone last year in Britain.