The penalties for using your mobile phone whilst 'behind the wheel' increased from 1st March 2017.
It was reported in 2015, the last time figures are available, that 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents where a driver was using their phone.
The tougher punishments come alongside a hard-hitting advertising campaign.
Adverts aimed at discouraging phone use have been developed by the government’s road safety group Think! and the AA Charitable Trust, and will be shown at cinemas and on billboards, radio and social media.
* It is illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices
* The rules are the same if you are stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic
* It is also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider
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Hi! I'm Ann and with my husband John, said 'Farewell' to bestof on 31st July 2017 and are returning to the horticultural trade. Thank you to everyone past and present for reading my blogs.