The amount of fines issued for motorists caught making use of a cell phone illegally has dropped by 84% given that 2011, new figures show.
Dwelling Workplace information reveals that just sixteen,900 drivers have been handed fixed penalty notices in relation on the offence in England and Wales last yr, compared with 123,a hundred in 2011.
The 2015 figure represents a 43% reduce within the prior twelve months. Pete Williams, the RAC's road security spokesman, stated an "epidemic" of handheld mobile phone use has been permitted to "sweep across the country largely unchallenged".
The motoring organisation published the results of a survey of in excess of 1,700 Uk drivers final month which showed that virtually 1 in three (31%) admit to using a handheld cell phone behind the wheel, in contrast with just 8% in 2014.
The RAC believes a 27% fall inside the number of full-time focused roads policing officers in England and Wales (excluding London) in between 2010 and 2015 has left drivers without concern they will be stopped.
Mr Williams went on: "The uncomplicated reality could be the challenge of illegal handheld cell phone use in the wheel is undeniably acquiring worse, with fewer and fewer persons being caught.
"Law-abiding motorists who routinely see other folks making use of a handheld cell phone with the wheel, putting lives in danger, would like to are aware that the law is getting enforced."
Division for Transport figures demonstrate that a driver impaired or distracted by their cell phone was a contributory element in 492 accidents in Britain in 2014, which includes 21 that had been fatal and 84 classed as critical.
The Government has proposed doubling the punishment for illegal cell phone use by drivers.
Motorists caught employing a handheld telephone are presently offered 3 penalty factors as well as a minimum fine of ￡100, but this can be set to get elevated to 6 points and ￡200 beneath the ideas.