A crime chief has backed Government proposals to double the fine given to motorists who use a mobile phone at the wheel.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird approves of measures that would see those using phones while driving being hit with a £200 on-the-spot fine instead of £100.
There are also plans to include technology such as the Apple Watch in the new legislation which aren’t covered due to them not being hand-held.
Commissioner Baird said: “I’ve made it no secret that I believe mobile phones should be switched off while a person is driving.
“A mobile phone can be a major distraction. Even an alert tone can lead to a momentary loss of focus when behind the wheel and could lead to devastating consequences.
“These potential consequences should be enough to deter motorists from using a mobile phone at the wheel.
“However, a significant increase to the on the spot fine will also go a long way to making drivers think twice before doing this.”