Depleted police forces 'failing to curb use of phones by drivers'
Number of fines for the offence in England and Wales have tumbled from 123,100 in 2011 to just 16,900 in 2015
Drivers using a mobile phone at the wheel are regularly escaping punishment, with police now imposing a fraction of the number of fines seen five years ago.
Although mobile phone use has been linked to a string of traffic accidents, official figures show that the number of fixed penalty notices issued by police forces in England and Wales for the offence have tumbled from 123,100 in 2011 to just 16,900 in 2015, including by 43% in the last year alone.
Source: Guardian Transport