As of March 1st 2017 new laws have been put into place to crack down on people using their phones whilst driving. People who have had their driving licence for less than 2 years will, if caught, have their licence revoked and will have to retake their theory and practical tests. For more experienced drivers there will be a penalty of six points and a £200 fine. Drivers who reach twelve points on their licence can be banned.
In the latest figures available for 2015, 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents involving drivers who were using their phones. Along with the stricter punishments police are starting a 7 day crackdown, with extra patrols and an "increased focus" on catching people using their phones while driving.