A Freedom of Information [FOI] request has revealed that over the past 4 years, nearly 10,000 motorists have been caught TWICE for using their mobile phones whilst driving.
The requested information from the DVLA, also showed that over 600 drivers had been caught 3 times and 1 driver had even been caught 5 times.
These figures have been released following news that the government is planning to increase the penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving.
The proposed penalties are 6 penalty points and a £200 fine. The current sentence is for 3 penalty points and a £100 fine.
However, the RAC have cautioned whether there are enough traffic police to combat the ever increasing problem.
RAC spokesman, Pete Williams stated: “These shocking figures reveal the scale of the task in hand to reverse the relaxed attitudes of persistent offenders and to change driver behaviours.
“It will be interesting to see what impact the new increased penalties will have but with a significantly reduced presence of dedicated roads policing officers some will doubt they will bring about the behavioural change we need.
“We need a concerted effort by the Government, the police and the courts using a combination of tougher penalties, targeted enforcement and a hard-hitting education campaign to tackle what has become a desperate problem for society.”
The Chief Safety Office of the road safety charity Brake!, Gary Rae added: “These are astonishing figures. It’s further evidence that the authorities are not taking illegal use of mobiles behind the wheel seriously enough.
“We need tougher sanctions on drivers who use their devices when driving, and that includes increasing both the fines and penalty points.”
The FOI request was made by Radio 5 Live and found that since 2012, nearly 240,000 motorists were caught on their mobile phones. However, this has only resulted in some 284 disqualifications.
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