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BUS and lorry drivers will risk losing their licence as soon as they are caught using a mobile phone at the wheel as part of a new crackdown.
DRIVERS talking on a hands-free mobile phone are more distracted than when speaking to a passenger, according to a government-commissioned report.
A DRIVING instructor who was seen making a phone call while he was giving a lesson was among the motorists caught using hand-held mobile phones since tougher penalties for the offence were introduced last month.
A SENIOR police officer has been caught using a mobile phone while driving, a week after tough new laws were introduced.
MORE than 500 drivers in Scotland have been caught by police using hand-held mobile phones since tougher penalties were introduced last week.
TOO many motorists in West Lothian are ignoring new tough penalties for using mobile phones whilst driving, police said today.
I CHECK my mirrors, indicate and just as I start to move off in my car, I stretch over and rummage in my bag to retrieve the mobile phone that's started ringing. After all, I'm only doing about 30mph.
SCOTTISH motorists continued to flout the ban against driving while using a mobile phone yesterday, despite the introduction of harsh new penalties.
FROM next Tuesday, the fine for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will double to £60. In addition, those convicted of this offence will find themselves with three extra penalty points on their driving licence. However, this is not the most significant change.
VAN and lorry drivers are three times more likely than other motorists to use a mobile phone while driving, a police survey has found a week before tougher penalties for the offence are introduced.
DRIVERS caught chatting on their mobile phone will face bigger fines and three penalty points from the end of next month, it was announced yesterday.
MORE than 100 drivers a week are being hit with fines by Lothian and Borders Police for using mobile phones behind the wheel.
USING a hands-free kit while at the wheel is as dangerous as drink driving, according to a new study which concludes that all mobile phone use while driving should be banned.
MORE than 12,000 drivers were fined for using their mobile phones at the wheel in Scotland last year, as a police clampdown saw the number of penalties issued soar by 60 per cent.
IT'S just gone midday on a Wednesday morning and the dual carriageway in Sighthill is filled with the noise of cars and vans as they make their way towards the city centre.
PROSECUTORS have abandoned more than 1,000 court cases against motorists accused of driving while using a mobile phone, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
MOTORISTS who cause fatal crashes could be jailed for up to five years if it is found they were using their mobile phone at the time.