Harsher penalties for motorists who ignore mobile phone warning

STAFFORDSHIRE Police are warning motorists they now face harsher penalties for driving whilst usung a mobile phone.

From this week offenders face having six points imposed on their driving licence, instead of three, and also a £200 fine.

Using a mobile phone while driving – either talking or texting – has been an offence since December 2003, but some motorists continue to ignore the law.

Ten motorists on the M6 in Staffordshire were caught driving while using their mobile phone less than 12 hours after the new legislatiion was introduced on midnight Tuesday.