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Over 22k People Got Penalty Points For Holding Mobile Phones While Driving Last Year

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An increase of 8% on 2020.

Nearly 22,500 people got penalty points for holding a mobile phone while driving last year.

According to freedom of information figures, it's an increase of 8 per cent on 2020.

Over 224,000 penalty point notices were issued for several different driving offences last year.

That's nearly 27,000 more than the previous year.

Holding a mobile phone while driving can lead to at least three penalty points.

22,485 penalty point notices issued for this offence last year, nearly 1,700 more than in 2020.

A learner driver can get up to four penalty points for not being accompanied by a fully qualifier motorist.

5,755 penalty point notices were issued for this offence last year - an increase of 35 per cent on 2020.

Just under 11,000 drivers were disqualified from driving last year - over 2,600 more than the previous year.
 

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