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Fine increased to 500 euros for using or checking a mobile phone while at the wheel

Fine increased to 500 euros for using or checking a mobile phone while at the wheel
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  • With the new rules, the penalty increases from 200 to 500 euros and three to six points

The Spanish Cabinet approved on Tuesday changes to road safety legislation with the aim of toughening measures and giving out harsher punishments for certain behaviour at the wheel that leads to more accidents.

The latest roadside clampdown by the DGT traffic control department led to almost 2,900 motorists being fined for holding a mobile phone while driving.

Officials believe that close to 400 deaths a year could be avoided if drivers remained focused on the road at all times.

Previously the fine for being caught holding or looking at a mobile phone was 200 euros and three lost points on the licence. With the new rules, the fine goes up to 500 euros and six points. This includes sending or reading text messages.

Other tougher measures to improve road safety have come in as well, including scrapping the rule that allowed the speed limit to be broken briefly on normal roads when overtaking.