Lincolnshire Police report 226 mobile phone users since law change

Lincolnshire Police has reported that 226 motorists have been punished for using their mobile phones while driving.

Lincs Police 226 mobile phone users reported for law breach.
Lincs Police 226 mobile phone users reported for law breach.

The law on mobile phone use while driving changed on 25 March 2022, now making it illegal for a driver to handle their mobile device under any circumstances, on a road or public highway, which includes taking photographs or recording videos, scrolling through playlists, playing games, changing or checking the phones sat-nav, illuminating the screen, checking the time or checking notifications.

The law still applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic, supervising a learner driver, driving a car that turns off the engine when you stop moving or holding and using a device that’s offline or in flight mode.

Those caught using their phones could receive six penalty points and a £200 fine.

The only exceptions are to call 999 in an emergency, or to make a contactless payment when the vehicle is stationary.

Since the legislation was introduced, a total of 226 mobile phone users have been reported for breaking the law, meaning more than 1,356 points have been handed out.

Research has shown that younger drivers are more likely to be distracted or tempted to use their mobile phone whilst driving, and it distracts them and this is mainly how collisions are happening.

Forty-two percent of 17 to 24-year-old drivers say they make or receive calls on a handheld mobile while driving at least occasionally.

Following the introduction of the new legislation, Lincolnshire Police’s Roads Policing Team have sought out those who continue to flout the law and put themselves and others in danger.

PC Tracey Ford, of the Roads Policing Unit at Lincolnshire Police, said: “Our team are extra vigilant and will take enforcement action against anyone seen using a mobile phone.

"We know that being distracted by a mobile device in any way whilst driving can lead to serious consequences.

“Anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving could face a fine of up to £1,000 and six points on their licence.

"Anyone who has been driving for less than two years, could lose their licence after attracting six points.”

The money from fines goes directly to the Home Office.