The pledge by the Eastern Daily Press forms part of its new ‘Hands Off Your Mobile’ campaign, which comes after police revealed they have caught 6,201 drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk on their phones since January last year.
Three out of 10 drivers surveyed in an EDP poll admit they’ve used their phone behind the wheel.
New rules set to come into force next year will see motorists caught using a phone while driving face six penalty points and a £200 fine. Currently, the penalty is a £100 fine and three penalty points.
The EDP says it will name anybody in court prosecuted for using their mobile phone while driving.
Editor in chief Nigel Pickover, pictured, said: “The proposed new penalties for those using mobile phones while on the road are to be welcomed – but we think we can add to the pressure to stop this potentially deadly practice by naming and shaming as many culprits as we can.”
The pledge follows a similar campaign launched by the EDP and sister daily the Norwich Evening News at Christmas, when Nigel warned drink-drivers they would be named and shamed in the papers.