May Says Using Mobile Phone in Car Should Be Treated Same as Drunk Driving

Motorists who use their mobile phones at the wheel should be regarded in the same league as drink-drivers, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said.

New laws will be drafted to double the court penalties for drivers who flout the rules, May said, promising a public consultation on the changes within the next few weeks.

“Sadly, we have seen too many times the devastating and heart-breaking consequences of using a mobile phone while driving,” May said on Tuesday in a statement to reporters traveling with her in India. “Just as we have made it socially unacceptable to drink and drive, so we need to do the same with using a mobile phone while driving.”

Those who drive while drunk face six months in prison, an unlimited fine or a driving ban of at least one year. Mobile-phone use attracts a maximum fine of 2,500 pounds ($3,100) and a possible disqualification from driving if the case goes to court.

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