|171,000 drivers fined for using a phone behind the wheel|
Mobile menaces: 171,000 drivers fined for using a phone behind the wheel as figure jumps by a third in a year
Record numbers of drivers have been caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel.
More than 171,000 were given a £60 fine and three penalty points over the past year – up more than a third on the previous 12 months.
This defiance displayed by motorists indicates the crackdown by police, launched nearly a decade ago, is failing.
The number of drivers putting themselves and innocent people at risk has soared each year since 2008, when just 115,900 were caught phoning or texting behind the wheel.
Experts yesterday blamed the rise on motorists developing a blasé attitude towards the law.
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