It’s your vote

Should there be stiffer penalties for people using a mobile while driving?

DRIVERS are risking lives by not just making phone calls while behind the wheel but carelessly checking websites and sending texts.

Almost 700 people have been caught using a mobile while driving in Hartlepool in the past three years.

Safety experts say using internet enabled smartphones in cars is now more dangerous than drink driving, but is not seen as socially unacceptable.

Today we ask: Should there be stiffer penalties for people using a mobile while driving?