Theresa May: phone use while driving as bad as drink-driving
Prime minister joins calls for cultural shift and stronger clampdowns on drivers using handheld mobile devices
Anushka Asthana Political editor
Tuesday 8 November 2016 22.00 GMT
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Theresa May has called for motorists to be shamed out of using mobile phones while driving, after a spate of high-profile accidents.
The prime minister called for an urgent cultural shift that would make using a phone on the road a taboo, like drink-driving, saying that “a moment’s distraction can wreck the lives of others forever”.
The government was planning to toughen up penalties, she said.
“Ultimately, though, we need to work with the public to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone when driving. Just as we have made it socially unacceptable to drink and drive, so we need to do the same with using a mobile phone while driving.