Wednesday 1 March 2017 14.32 GMT
Fines and penalty points for using a phone while driving are set to double after new penalties came into force in England, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.
Drivers who are caught will be given six points on their licence and a £200 fine. Those who have recently qualified could lose their licence if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test.
Our readers have been discussing how the new penalties will be enforced and whether it will help reduce the number of those injured and killed on the road. Here’s what some of them said. You can expand the discussion and join in by clicking the links on the comments below.
‘If the government was serious it would ban the practice completely’
‘During one hands-free conversation I found myself going round a roundabout three times’
‘We need to make it culturally unforgivable’
‘Low risk and low consequences means no-one takes any notice’
‘I don’t think this will really tackle the route cause, which is a lack of driver awareness and a sense of entitlement when behind the wheel’
‘You have to devote a lot more brain power to run a conversation you’re having on a phone’
‘Policing this in rural areas where there are cutbacks will be difficult’
‘Most drivers manage to drive and use their phone just about without managing to hit another car, so people think it’s okay to do so’
‘If you need to use your phone pull over, stop and turn off the engine’
‘The bigger picture is our connection to our phones’