EVEN though it is now three years since legislation was introduced to ban the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving, everyone will know from their own experience that this law is being constantly flouted.
Despite stiffer sanctions of a £60 fine and three penalty points, a survey today shows that many people admit to using their mobiles when they drive.
It is a huge distraction, and the number of accidents caused by this show just how dangerous it is.
Even more infuriating are those motorists who can be seen frantically texting while weaving through traffic.
Police quite rightly take a hard line on drivers who insist on using their mobile phones, despite knowing the risks and the law.
Many of those caught out will try and salve their guilty conscience by claiming the police should have better things to do.
Yet there are too many tragic stories of families destroyed by a motorist who “just had to take a call”.
As the current penalties are clearly inadequate and having virtually no deterrent effect, it is time to get even harsher.
If there is no other way of addressing this problem than by an automatic ban, it must be considered a necessity.