Drivers caught using a mobile phone at the wheel of their car now face much tougher penalties – especially if they’re a newbie on the roads.
People who have held a licence for less than two years can kiss it goodbye if police catch them in the act thanks to strict new measures introduced this week.
As of Wednesday 1 March, anyone caught using a mobile device while driving can expect to be slapped with six penalty points, rather than the previous three.
And the fine has doubled too, from £100 to £200.
This is bad news for anyone dumb enough to make a call or text while behind the wheel, but it is even worse for new drivers.
Six points on a licence held for less than two years can result in it being revoked, while more experienced drivers need to clock up 12 points in a three-year period before theirs is taken away.
Think of it this way: One text message can be all it takes.
Inspector Gavin Biggs, from Thames Valley Police, was out on the roads to catch those flouting the law on the day the new penalties were introduced.
Speaking about the legislation, told Mail Online: “I’m really pleased about it. People know that it’s an offence, yet they continue to do it. Our enforcement shows we have a strong stance against it.
“Yes, six points is quite steep, but people know the dangers of what they’re doing.
“Everybody who has been using their mobile phone today as been using it for texting or social media.”
In 2015, 22 people were killed and 99 were seriously injured in accidents on Britain’s roads where a motorist using a mobile was a contributing factor.
You have been warned.