Jersey minister to consider ban on drivers using mobiles

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Image caption Jersey introduced a ban on using a mobile phone while driving in 1998

Drivers who persistently use a phone while driving should lose their licence, according to Jersey's home affairs minister.

The States of Jersey police say 377 offences of using a mobile phone while driving were recorded in 2014.

Deputy Kristina Moore said the current fine was £500 but it would be right for that to increase.

She said: "For repeat offenders, I think it would be appropriate for disqualification to be considered."

Home Affairs and the Transport and Technical Services department are working on a new Road Safety Strategy which could include measures for mobile phone use.

Road safety campaigner, Paul Newman, said the ban on mobile phones while driving was being ignored.

He said: "Road safety is low priority to the State and to the public.

"Driving is more complex than it has ever been with in-car distractions but nobody is taking any notice. Nobody is trying to achieve anything."

Jersey introduced a ban on holding a phone while driving in 1998, the first place in the British Isles to do so.

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