UK drivers urged to turn off mobile phones

16th November 2011

A new campaign has been launched to promote the risks of using a mobile phone while driving.

Breakdown cover company and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging British motorists to switch off their mobile phones while one the road to reduce the risk of crashing and damaging car tyres.

David Williams, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, said: "It is very important to keep a mobile phone with you in the car in case of an emergency situation; however it is illegal and dangerous to use a hand-held mobile and it must only be used when you have stopped in a safe place."

Motorists caught using a mobile phone at the wheel can expect a minimum of three penalty points on their licence in addition to a fine of £60. Should the police deem the offence 'blatant or protracted', the driver may be requested to go to court and could face a fine of up to £1,000. 

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