Researchers in the UK have found more drivers are using mobile phones now, risking higher penalties, than two years ago. Researchers said the 2.6% of car drivers using mobile phones
in 2006 was almost cut in half to 1.4% the following year (2007) when tougher
penalties were brought in. At that time the fine was increased to £60 and 3 points added to the person's license. Since then, however, the number of drivers using mobile phones have been rising, now at 4.8% in 2009. They have also found that women between 17-29 and men between 30-59 are the highest offenders. In the US, some States have already banned Texting while driving, and some are requiring the use of hands-free headsets or in-car Bluetooth while driving. In New York City
, cops are giving $130 tickets to any driver who is using a cell phone
, on a average of 536 per day.