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|Over 180 stopped in 'mobiles behind the wheel' clampdown|
|Friday, 10 March 2017 11:36|
Police caught more than 180 motorists using their mobile phone behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown across Hampshire – and 78% of motorists stopped were men.
From March 1 there’s been a change in legislation, with drivers now facing six points on their licence and a £200 fine if caught – double the previous penalties.
Police say during the week 90 per cent of drivers stopped were given fixed penalty notices, 2 per cent were reported for summons, and 8 per cent were given verbal warnings.
Road Safety Sergeant Rob Heard said: “Although we have seen a small decrease in the number of people using their mobile phones whilst driving, it is still disappointing and shocking that people will take that risk.
“That moment’s inattention has proven to be the cause for many collisions, some with fatal consequences.”
He added: “Please let’s not have another avoidable death or injury on our roads, it’s not worth the risk.”
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