Is a £200 fine enough to stop people using phones while driving?


30th May 2017

FIGURES show that tougher new penalties haven’t stopped drivers using their phones while they’re behind the wheel.

Is a £200 fine enough to stop people using phones while driving?


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raz123 · 4 years ago

Yes and no, because some people will keep doing it and some won't.
#first to comment

schwab1 · 4 years ago

yes definitely. I think £70 was a lot so £200 is definitely enough

ggg · 4 years ago

my name is NO my sign is NO my number is NO need to let it go need to let it go. TRANSLATION: bassically NO I think they should pay MONEY!!!!!!!!!!

ggg · 4 years ago

ok now im serious i posted NO because they need to pay MONEY!!!!!!!

bobthe1st · 4 years ago

Not really because if a person uses their phone in their car they probably don't expect to be caught.

sangn08 · 4 years ago

I think it is enough because if they still don't stop then they would have to be given another punishment to see if that helps them to understand why it is wrong · 4 years ago

sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dangerous

rainbow07 · 4 years ago

It is very dangerous being on your phone whilst driving so I think its penalty should be £300-£500.

gracie777 · 4 years ago

People think they can get away with it so £700 pounds is defenitley enough

tk_forest · 4 years ago

I am sort of undecided. I think that it should be a £200 fine and maybe a few points on their licence. However, it could also be that the first time you do it it is £200, then next time it is £300 and it keeps building up like that.

fn920 · 4 years ago

It depends on the person really, some people will really be punished for paying £200 but for others it's just a small fine. I think to stop this problem they have to give people two chances, if you get caught on your phone for the first time you have to pay this fine, if your caught again you lose your license for a year or get 3 to 6 points on your license. Then it impacts everybody equally, in Switzerland if you get caught speeding, your fine depends on how much money you own. If your a millionaire they will charge you atleast £500,000 or euroes (which ever you prefer). This means that NO one can get away with it- it's supposed to impact the way you drive (bassically making it something you dread of happening).

rebecca.xo · 4 years ago

No because I still see people on their phones in their car driving and if they put the fine up then people would slowly not use their phones while driving

ac20 · 4 years ago

They defiantly need to make it less!

ac20 · 4 years ago


ciaranl_07 · 4 years ago

Yes, because you don't need to look at your phones who,e driving, you could just could pull in if you really needed to look at your phone. It will prevent crashes and reduce people in Britain dying from crashes.

rafilator · 4 years ago

It should be a £1000 fine, or a +10% tax fine

lightning · 4 years ago

I think the penalty should go up a bit because lives are more important than money

labrador24 · 4 years ago

No because if the figures aren't decreasing what is the point of keeping the fie the same.

poptyfan_ · 4 years ago

frow in a thound pounds

shpee · 4 years ago

I think that they should pay one thousand pounds. I'm pretty sure that's the fine for not cleaning up after your dog, so you should at least pay that much for something that actually risks someone's life than something that is just an annoyance.

unicornmag · 4 years ago

I think they should pay rainbow poop and dreams...

jennia · 4 years ago

some people get so caught up in the virtual world that they aren't focusing on the real world and it's surroundings. £200 fine isn't enough for some people to come out of the great virtual world that they rely on.

emrys2017 · 4 years ago

I believe that using smartphones (or any other distracting device) while driving in any sort of vehicle should result in high penalties.
To the drivers out there who use devices while driving, expect the unexpected. You may well be caught one day and, although I hate mentioning it, death could be inevitable if drivers cause any fatal accidents on the roads.
Should this happen, and the chances are relatively low, a fine cannot replace deaths. No, I don't think that £200 is enough.

CATz01 · 4 years ago

No because they still don't stop. I think they should have more points on their licence and £500.

Umbrella4 · 4 years ago

There aren't police cars everywhere so they don't expect to get caught or finned so NO!

amynatalie · 4 years ago

£200 is not enough money. Or, more points should be added on the driver's licence or they should be completely banned from driving because it is too dangerous.

scottdaw73 · 4 years ago

£200 is a lot to pay! I would not use my phone in the car if I was at risk of paying £200!!

riverdance · 4 years ago

£200 is NOT enough because if we REALLY want to stop people from texting while driving we need to make it higher, if its higher its likely that less people will do it. And also it should be higher because its not only putting then in danger but the other drivers on the road.

pugslup123 · 4 years ago

No because someone rich wouldn't care about spending £200.

radishes10 · 4 years ago

Well, obviously it's not enough if people are still doing it! I think they give people too many chances, so they just keep on doing it again and again even after being caught and fined.?+?=☹️??+ -?

puiyin · 4 years ago

If drivers are still doing it then the penalties obviously aren't enough to stop them.

sophette · 4 years ago

No way! It should be £1000!!! ?Playing/texting on your phone while driving could kill you and other people in the car ? ????

sunglasses · 4 years ago

I don't think it will stop drivers because there are loads of fines for different things and people still pay them. Why should it be any different with phones and driving?

blackmaxie · 4 years ago

no its not enough, it should be £2,000 and for those who are rich it should be £ 200,000 for the rich woman or man!!!!!!!!!

a life is more important than money!!

poojha · 4 years ago

£200 is lot of money, and some people don't deserve the punishment because it might have been an emergency. But that is really rare, and a lot of people may use that as an excuse, so the innocent people will also get punished. I do think that you need to be punished though, so the fine might make people learn their lesson.

poojha · 4 years ago

That might have made no sense so yeah...


anjana · 4 years ago

if you think about it,for posh people (i am not naming any names) but for them £200 is just A SMALL FEE FOR THEM and they could just pay it easily and after a couple of days do it again. I know it is harsh, but people need to find out what the consequences will be if they do it over again. people need to know what is right and what is wrong. If they can't make the right choice themself, then they need to know that they are going to destroy their own life or maybe evn other people's as well.This is police and the government need to step in. If it means to have less deaths and makepeople understand then maybe £200 ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH.

nbeausang · 4 years ago

I think that if you give them a fine of £200 they will the think they can get way with it for such a small amount and do it again possibly causing a crash if the fine is raised to around £700-£1000

nbeausang · 4 years ago

.... they will probably stop

aaronf · 4 years ago

I think it depends whether the person can afford to pay £200 fine I think it should maybe go up to about £700

catonclan · 4 years ago

I hope to see a improvement in this problem in the next few years.
By ether putting the fin up and having more police on the look out
for looking out for them or least likely the the human race learning!

norensanz · 4 years ago


HHH · 4 years ago

£200 is not enough as a fine for using your phone behind the wheel because if you don't look where your going you could maybe crash your car or what ever vehicle you were driving.OR you could maybe also collide with another person's car and killed the person that was in it.Right, the 3 reason why £200 is not enough as a fine for diriving whilest playing on your phone is because it is bad 4 yourEYES!!!!!!!!!

pugtastic · 4 years ago

people who drive whilst on their phones are the ones who cause car crashes

girlywirly · 4 years ago

I don't think it is because lots of people I know apart from my parents use their phones while driving and don't get caught, so on the rare occasion that someone does get caught it should still be six points on your license, but roughly around 600 pounds.

sophette · 4 years ago

More money ? More money More money more money !

popchip4 · 4 years ago

defo enough. i think it is too high!!!!

elephant10 · 4 years ago

It doesn't stop people doing it

Lapa · 4 years ago

yep thats fine

yosher399 · 4 years ago

Hmm... a tough pickle to crack..

Well, I think no because there isn't an ''all seeing eye'' to monitor every single car/driver in existence.

dorito · 4 years ago

2 much money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

save the money for useful things like toys
lol ;-D

ZENCE40 · 4 years ago

Just wondering, how to the police find out about someone using their phone in the car?

[email protected] · 4 years ago

Some people will still keep on doing it.

Etonmess54 · 4 years ago

Yes. People will stop if they have to pay £200 over and over again if they carry on. It's quite a lot.???

orangebob9 · 4 years ago

It should be how much an average car crash would cost to get the car fixed and everything.It's a big risk, driving while on your phone.You could put the phone on speaker phone in the passenger seat.That's a much more sensible solution which could reduce the amount of car crashes ,driving with your phone on, causes.

hfrules · 4 years ago

The government or whoever NEED ( in capitals) to increase the money because then it will give the people a lesson not to forget and it is good for them because you are putting people at risk and can cause many accidents. People especially adults must already know there rights from their wrongs.
Thanks for reading this...
From Hfrules

ben · 4 years ago

No, I think that a 200 pound fine is not enough to pay to stop drivers from using their phone because the government have already said that you should not play on your phone because it will cause injuries and drivers have continued.

popchip4 · 4 years ago

I mean guyz seriously 200 quid is quite A LOT of cash personally it think it is definitely enough. I mean u cant charge ppl 2 much money!! more will b 2 much!!!!!! I do agree that it is rlly dangerous whist driving but I think 200 is sufficient. but u have ur own views not against that

daisy101 · 4 years ago


Magic10 · 4 years ago

No. No matter how much the fine is, people will always keep doing it. When people drive, they probably don't expect to be caught. I think FN920 has the right idea.

ice · 4 years ago

I also think yes and no because it depends on their attitude whilst driving.

10d · 4 years ago

NO I think it should be over 1000

zeushades8 · 4 years ago

It has to be like £1000

rideboy · 4 years ago

£9999999999 for a fine, is that good?

sootysweep · 3 years ago

We need to make the fine bigger. Also I think you should ban the person from their phone!

hector7 · 2 years ago

it's to much or there is no point of the fining .

trudie · 2 years ago


katkid10 · 1 year ago

It should be more!

katkid10 · 10 months ago

£200 is enough to stop people from driving with their phones - in my opinion. Although, people who have more money may be annoyed about this because they can easily pay the fine and they would just be annoyed because they had to be pulled and will probably complain. On the other hand, some people might not be able to pay the fine or they might suddenly have no money for this one reason. I know loads of people who wouldn't be able to pay this fine, so if it does come then they - if they go on their phones whilst driving - will be very worried. Over a longer course, there may be some difference, although they should raise it and be prepared for it not be able to be paid.

humbugs · 1 month ago

Depends on what situation it is.