Mobile phone petition makes top 50 as over 2,500 back call for tougher penalties for drivers using phones

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Over 2,500 people had by today signed the RoadPeace petition of Allan Ramsay and former pro Brian Tadman calling for tougher penalities for drivers caught illegally using a mobile phone while at the wheel.

But it has taken the best part of 2009 to reach this figure, which remains way behind the 41,740 signatures supporting a call "Not to reduce the national speed limit to 50mph".

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.