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7 out 10 people caught driving on a mobile not prosecuted

November 23, 2017 4:34 PM
By Wolverhampton Lib Dems

In the West Midlands nearly seven out of ten people arrested for driving while on a mobile phone are not being prosecuted by the Police. The Liberal Democrats have said the Police are not doing enough to crack down on this crime.

In figures, released to the Liberal Democrats via the Freedom of Information Act also shows that 67%, nearly seven in ten are not prosecuted.

The figures show that 862 people, since March 2017, have been prosecuted using a mobile behind the wheel and only 291 were prosecuted.

Driving using a phone

Recently released data from the Department for Transport shows that since 2012 there has been a 79 per cent rise in mobile phone related collisions on UK roads, with fatalities increasing by 88 per cent.

Despite the tougher new fines and stricter laws, new research from Ford and Brake reveals that over half of British drivers use their phone while driving. A further 37 per cent of motorists admit to keeping their phone in view.

Commenting on the news, local speeding campaigner Rob Quarmby said: "Driving is a safety-critical activity that requires our full attention. Hands need to be on the wheel and eyes looking out of the windscreen, not down at the phone screen.

"Using a phone behind the wheel is as dangerous as taking drugs or drink driving."