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Brake welcomes stronger penalties for mobile phone users

New proposals to increase the number of penalty points awarded to motorists who flout the law and use a mobile phone while driving could soon be implemented.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has asked for detailed research to be carried out into the impact of doubling the present number of penalty points from three to six for those who take part in this dangerous behaviour.

It is a decision that is appreciated by road safety charity Brake, with the organisation's deputy chief executive Julie Townsend believing this move could help to save lives in the future.

However, while welcoming the news, Ms Townsend added: "It could provide a more effective deterrent if combined with an increase in the fixed penalty fine to £500-1,000, as well as heightened traffic enforcement."

It is against the law to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving in the UK, with current maximum penalties for this behaviour standing at three penalty points and a £100 fine - although this can rise to up to £1,000 if the case goes to court.

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