Drivers caught twice using handheld mobile phones risk automatic driving bans as a new law came into force yesterday (Wednesday).
Newly qualified drivers risk being taken off the road if caught making a single call.
Penalties doubled to £200 fines and six points but drivers can’t duck the points by taking a course.
Twelve points on a licence can trigger an automatic ban.
Since December 2003 it has been illegal to use a mobile phone while driving or while stopped with the engine on, but a growing number of drivers admit they are flouting the law.
Alice Husband, from Tydd St Mary, lost her son Seth Dixon (7) in a road tragedy in December 2014 when the driver was talking hands free on a mobile and wants like the law changed to ban all calls while driving.
The mum points to research that shows “talking is the distraction”.
• Motoring organisation The RAC surveyed 1,714 motorists and 31 per cent admitted using a handheld mobile behind the wheel compared to eight per cent in 2014. Police say drivers are not just making calls they are also texting and using the Internet.