The government wants to block your mobile phone signal while you're driving

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Tempted to make a phone call while driving? Well, in the near future you won't even be able to use your phone behind the wheel — at least in Britain.

A new technology to block mobile signal for drivers is being considered by the Department of Transport to crack down on motorists who use their phone.

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#20: Temecula, California
Population: 104,955
Median household income: $78,535
Unemployment rate: 6.9%
Poverty rate: 8.1%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 92.4
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,340.5

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#19: Rochester, Minnesota
Population: 109,252
Median household income: $63,472
Unemployment rate: 3.5%
Poverty rate: 9.6%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 183.5
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,990

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#18: Bellevue, Washington
Population: 132,268
Median household income: $92,524
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Poverty rate: 8.0%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 106.4
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 3400.5

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#17: Cape Coral, Florida
Population: 161,804
Median household income: $49,841
Unemployment rate: 7.8%
Poverty rate: 13.6%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 143.4
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,938.8

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#16: Burbank, California
Population: 104,484
Median household income: $66,111
Unemployment rate: 6.1%
Poverty rate: 10.1%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 142.9
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,309.6

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#15: Carlsbad, California 
Population: 109,296
Median household income: $87,416
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Poverty rate: 10.4%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 181.7
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,541.5

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#14: Plano, Texas
Population: 271,166
Median household income: $82,944
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
Poverty rate: 7.4%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 165.2
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,974.7

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#13: Corona, California
Population: 157,395
Median household income: $77,021
Unemployment rate: 7.1%
Poverty rate: 11.3%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 106.1
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,135

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#12: Overland Park, Kansas
Population: 178,945
Median household income: $72,231
Unemployment rate: 3.7%
Poverty rate: 6.0%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 178.6
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,656.3

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#11: Santa Clara, California
Population: 119,525
Median household income: $93,840
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
Poverty rate: 9.0%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 133.8
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,698.3

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#10: Torrance, California
Population: 147,181
Median household income: $78,286
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
Poverty rate: 6.9%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 104.8
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,772.6

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#9: Fort Collins, Colorado
Population: 149,627
Median household income: $53,775
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
Poverty rate: 18.4%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 213.6
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 2,455.6

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#8: Port St. Lucie, Florida
Population: 169,260
Median household income: $48,898
Unemployment rate: 8.5%
Poverty rate: 15.2%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 141
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,448.5

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#7: Sunnyvale, California
Population: 145,921
Median household income: $103,257
Unemployment rate: 5.4%
Poverty rate: 7.9%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 111.8
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,577.2

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#6: Ann Arbor, Michigan 
Population: 115,985
Median household income: $56,835
Unemployment rate: 4.0%
Poverty rate: 22.8%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 164.8
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,868.1

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#5: Orange, California 
Population: 138,980
Median household income: $77,086
Unemployment rate: 6.2%
Poverty rate: 12.5%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 100.9
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,591.9

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#4: Round Rock, Texas
Population: 106,972
Median household income: $70,952
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
Poverty rate: 9.6%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 124.8
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,951

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#3: Glendale, California 
Population: 195,380
Median household income: $52,451
Unemployment rate: 6.7%
Poverty rate: 14.6%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 94.4
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,559.3

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#2: Thousand Oaks, California 
Population: 128,126
Median household income: $99,115
Unemployment rate: 6.4%
Poverty rate: 7.0%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 99.1
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,237.9

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#1: Naperville, Illinois 
Population: 144,108
Median household income: $109,512
Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Poverty rate: 4.4%
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 77.6
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,123

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Plans for an exploratory meeting with network providers and handset manufacturers in the new year to discuss the technology are being finalized, Mashable understands.

An incredibly strong deterrent

"We are determined to crack down on mobile phone use at the wheel," a spokesperson for the Department of Transport said in a statement.

"Our plans to double penalties for this serious crime should act as an incredibly strong deterrent. We will continue to explore what more can be done to tackle this crime."

The government has introduced tougher penalties for anyone who uses their phone while driving.

Under new rules, drivers will get six points on their license and face a £200 fine.

New drivers could be made retake their test the first time they are caught.

If the offense results in a death, a driver can be jailed for life.


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