There are some who say this huge drop in fines for drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel is a triumph of new sentencing powers and others are saying it is because there are less police on the roads to enforce the law.
Figures show how in 2018 some 38,600 fixed penalty tickets were handed to drivers for the offence when compared with 53,000 the year before.
AA president Edmund King said: “It is good to see the number of hand-held mobile phone offences drop by more than a quarter, but we must not be complacent as often drivers are still spotted using phones at the wheel.
“Only a fifth of drivers say there is a visible police presence on their local roads, so a more prominent presence would help to deter the use of hand-held mobiles and texting at the wheel.”
Mr King went on: “The majority of the 2.1 million speeding offences were caught by cameras. Whilst cameras are a useful tool available to forces to help enforce the law, roads policing cannot be carried out by cameras alone.
“There has clearly been a targeted effort by forces to stamp out people not wearing a seat belt, as the number of fines and points issued is at a two-year high. There is no excuse for not belting up as it can save your life and the lives of others.
“For more than a decade the number of specialist road traffic officers has reduced by a third, so we need more cops in cars to tackle bad behaviour as well as continued high profile and memorable road safety campaigns.”
Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation said: “The drop in mobile phone use offences could simply reflect shifting priorities across the 43 police forces of England and Wales, with constabularies focusing resources on other types of offending.”
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