HC Deb 13 July 1998 vol 316 c8W
Sir Patrick Cormack

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will introduce legislation to make it an offence for drivers to use hand-held mobile telephones in moving vehicles. [49785]

Ms Glenda Jackson

[holding answer 10 July 1998]: The police have advised that the offences of careless and inconsiderate driving and failing to have proper control of a vehicle provide them with sufficient powers to prosecute, where appropriate, people driving while using a hand-held mobile phone. The publicity campaign launched on 16 March by my noble Friend the Minister for Roads aims to educate drivers about the dangers of using phones while on the move.

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