Mobile users warned on the cost of breaking the rules

27 February 2009 — 2:00 PM

Drivers are advised to follow the rules

Consumers with the latest phones have been warned against flouting the laws of the road if they want to save money.

The AA said this week police are about to crack down on the number of people using mobiles behind the wheel and if drivers did not want to receive fines they should adhere to the rules.

It was estimated that 100,000 drivers break the current law every second and this can not only result in expensive charges but could also mean paying out more for their car insurance.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Car Insurance, said fines and increased premiums would be applied to careless motorists due to the risk involved with using a handset while driving.

"The increased premium remains for the duration of the offence period so if, for example, your premium increase is £60 following the offence, you will ultimately pay £240 - £60 per year for three years, plus the fine," he said.

One way to save money could be to recycle used mobile phones to pay for a hands-free device for use on the road.

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