A number of fixed penalties for a greater range of offences will be introduced in Guernsey from July 1st.

These will include use of mobile phones when driving, which could carry a fine of between £40 and £100.

Home minister Jonathan Le Tocq said the fines would save valuable police and court time.

Offences covered by the tickets issued have been broken into three bands – A, B and C – all of which carry the different fines.

It was recently noted by RAC that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people aged between 25 and 44 getting distracted behind the wheel of a car by their mobile phones.

Chief inspector Nigel Taylor told BBC News that the new penalty system will allow a more proportional response to low-level offences.

“As long as the offender is prepared to accept the fixed penalty ticket then it allows us to bypass the full prosecution and court case,” he continued.

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