Drivers in South Yorkshire warned as tough new penalties for using mobiles take effect

Police in South Yorkshire have warned drivers about new tougher penalties now in force for drivers caught using their mobile phones.

Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 6:30 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:52 am
Drivers caught using their mobiles will be fined 200 and get six points on their licence (PA/Jonathan Brady)

From Wednesday, March 1, motorists caught using a mobile phone at the wheel face a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

That is double the existing penalty of a £100 fine and three points on your licence.

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New drivers who have been on the road for less than two years risk having their licences revoked if they are caught on their phones.

Police in Sheffield tweeted on Tuesday to warn drivers before the new new legislation came into force.

Sheffield Central Local Policing Team tweeted that evening: "The countdown is on from midnight tonight - on your phone and driving = £200 & 6points! Buy a hands free #handsfree #DontRiskIt"