26 drivers caught on phone

Just 26 Norfolk motorists were caught flouting the ban on using mobile phones in the first week of tougher new punishments.

Norfolk: Just 26 Norfolk motorists were caught flouting the ban on using mobile phones in the first week of tougher new punishments.

Fixed penalty fines for the offence doubled to £60 on February 27 with offenders also getting three penalty points. The new legislation means courts can disqualify car drivers or issue fines up to £1,000 and fine bus, coach or goods vehicle drivers up to £2,500. Bosses who allow staff to use mobiles while driving could also face prosecution under the new “get tough” law.

Last month 117 people in Norfolk were given fixed penalty notices for the use of mobile phones while driving, up from 76 in December last year. But December's figure was down on the 110 caught in November, 2006, 114 in October, 127 in September and 118 in August.