Caught using your phone whilst driving could land you a £200 fine, six penalty point, or even lose your licence

A Police Scotland campaign has started today (Monday, February 20th) in the run up to a change which will see both fines and penalty points double for driving offences relating to the use of mobile phones.

On Wednesday, March 1st, the penalty for using a mobile phone or hand-held device whilst driving will increase from £100 fine and three penalty points to a £200 fine and six penalty points.

And new or young drivers caught for such an offence, who have held their licence for less than two years, could end up losing their licence altogether.

Inspector Angus Stewart, Divisional Road Policing Unit, said: “Driving requires your full attention. It is absolutely essential that people concentrate on their driving rather than talking on their mobile phone or using other hand held devices.

“At the end of the day, is the call that important that it is worth risking your life for? Better to switch the phone off and pick up any missed calls or texts when it is safe and convenient to do so.

“Adjusting sat-navs, stereos or any in-car technology, distracts you from your driving and the reality is, that split second distraction could have fatal consequences,” he continued.

“I cannot emphasise enough the grave risk people are putting themselves, and other road users, in by not concentrating when driving a car.

“People seem to think it will not happen to them, but it can and it will. You could either be the victim or the one who causes a crash or a death. My advice, don't risk it.”

In support of the penalty changes, the Police Scotland campaign in relation to phone and other distraction-related offences commences today and will run until Sunday, March 5th.