Despite the constant warning about the dangers of driving whilst using a mobile device, almost half of those responding to a Sky News survey say penalties for using a phone behind the wheel are not tough enough.

Using Your Phone Whilst Driving

More than a third of motorists admit to having used their mobile phone while driving, according to a Sky Data poll.

Excluding non-drivers, 39% said they had used their phone without a hands-free kit while they were driving, while 50% said they had not and 11% preferred not to say

Of the 1,084 people surveyed, men were almost twice as likely to admit using their phones while driving, with 42% of men owning up compared to 27% of women.

Those aged between 35 and 54 were most likely to admit using their phones while driving (43%), with those over 55 more likely to say they never had (54%).

Using a mobile phone while driving can result in a £200 fine and six penalty points for first time offenders, a punishment that can be increased for those who continue to break the law.

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