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Reformed mobile phone car laws' harsh misuse penalties

4 March 2007. Proposed new laws that set out tough new punishments for those who are found guilty of breaking the law as regards mobile phone usage in cars were unveiled this week.

Left: Mobile phones are estimated to cause over 120% of Britain's road accidents.

As highlighted across the media, the draft new legislation comes in the wake a research carried out which suggests up to twenty percent of drivers still operate mobile phones while in control of their cars. No doubt designed to raise awareness of such crimes, the callous new penalties proposed come into effect within the next few months.

Government ministers presenting the draft paper stressed that the new campaign will combine the creation of new legislation with improved investment in road infrastructure to get the message across to motorists. It is expected that the threat of immediate ramifications of using a mobile phone while driving will be a key driver of behavioural change according to behaviourist scientists commissioned in a report to investigate the psychology of petty law defiance.

The tough new punishments range from the furious wagging of fingers and stiff kick in the shins from police to the boiling of convicted people in oil in the worst cases. Drivers convicted also face having three points added to their licence.

Proposals already presented in the draft paper include the installation of machine guns on existing speed cameras, specially adapted to exact “on the spot justice” for drivers using mobile phones on Britain’s motorways. Earlier this month, mobile phone network Vodafone unveiled a new type of handset which delivers a hard electrical charge to the user, which political analysts have already suggested could be adapted to electrocute drivers who opt to use their phones on the go.

Left: New "Machine Gun Road Camera" concept is based on those used in video games such as Metal Gear Solid.

It was argued by lawmakers that the new double-barrelled method of addressing mobile phone use in cars would be extremely effective at curbing such behaviour.

A yet to be published feasibility report into the practicality of implementing the new directives is, however, expected to point to possible issues relating to the cost of investment in the touted new attack camera system, and the potential impact the pile-ups and chaos the machine gunned car wreckages would cause.