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28 July 2017

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:17

texting while driving under cc2 by Intel Free PressPolice have announced a further crackdown on drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel. 

They say roads policing officers will be stopping drivers caught using their phones, issuing penalties and educating motorists about the dangers of distraction, as part of a national campaign.

During a similar operation in March, 186 drivers were stopped in Hampshire during a week-long initiative, while a further nine were reported for not being in proper control of their vehicle.

Road Safety Sergeant Rob Heard said: “One driver caught using their phone is one too many and sadly we are still seeing too many people taking that risk, whether looking at a text, making and receiving calls or even surfing the internet.

“Doing any of these will clearly impair and distract your ability to drive a vehicle safely. Research has shown that talking on a mobile phone can impair your ability to drive more than if you were driving whilst over the drink drive limit.

“I am urging all motorists to not take that risk, as a moments inattention can be the difference between life and death.

Drivers caught will be issued with a fixed penalty notice, which now sees motorists fined £200 and given six penalty points on their licence.

A case could also go to court and the driver could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.

Photo under CC2 by Intel Free Press

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