New rules come into force today aimed at curbing the use of mobile phones while driving.
Anyone caught tweeting, filming, or talking on a hand-held device while driving face six points on their licence and a £200 fine.
Newly qualified drivers risk having their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test.
More experienced drivers caught twice will automatically appear in Court, having reached 12 points, and will face a ban of at least six months and a minimum £1000 fine.
The number of points you can be fined for using a hand-held device while driving has doubled in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by drivers not giving the road their full attention.
Drivers using a mobile phone were responsible for twenty-two deaths and caused 99 serious injuries last year in Britain.
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “Our message is simple and clear: do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving. It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.
“Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.
“Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink driving.”
Police forces across the North West are increasing patrols to crack down on mobile use.