Young drivers disqualified for phone use

New figures have found that 290 younger drivers have been disqualified from driving for using their phones behind the wheel since tougher penalties were introduced on 1 March.

This is according to Radio 5, which looked at figures in the first six months since the penalties were changed. Drivers get six penalty points now for using a phone behind the wheel instead of three, while any driver who get six points in the first two years of driving is automatically disqualified.

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said, ‘These people have spent hours and hours and hundreds of pounds learning to drive to gain their personal freedom only to throw it all away through this foolish behaviour.

‘The only consolation is that they now won’t be involved in some horrific crash caused by the distraction of a handheld mobile phone.’