Depleted police forces ‘failing to curb use of phones by drivers’
Number of fines for the offence in England and Wales have tumbled from 123,100 in 2011 to just 16,900 in 2015
Drivers using mobile phones at the wheel are regularly escaping punishment, with police now imposing a fraction of the number of fines given five years ago.
Although mobile phone use has been linked to a string of traffic accidents, official figures show that the number of fixed penalty notices issued by police in England and Wales for the offence has fallen from 123,100 in 2011 to just 16,900 in 2015. The total fell by 43% in 2014-15, the last recorded year.
The RAC said the figures showed an epidemic of handheld mobile use going unchallenged. Its road safety spokesman, Pete Williams, said: “The number of fixed penalty notices issued by police forces in England and Wales for illegal handheld phone use at the wheel has, frankly, fallen off a cliff.