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Number of motorists caught using mobile phones hits record high

More than 10,000 vehicles were stopped by police as part of a week-long crackdown on mobile phone use in November, detecting nearly 8,000 offenders.

Police from 36 forces took part in the campaign, which saw more than 7,800 fixed penalty notices issued as well as hundreds of verbal warnings given and 68 court summons.

This is the highest ever total for a week of enforcement on distraction driving.

Recent studies show use of mobile phones when driving is widespread and the risks drastically underestimated.

The first planned mobile phone enforcement campaign of 2017 takes place this week.

Operations include:

  • targeted patrols using unmarked vans, high vantage points and helmet cams to catch offenders
  • partnership with local authorities and emergency services to deter people from taking the risks
  • innovative digital campaigns to communicate that the risks are more serious than people think
  • community ‘spotters’ to highlight hotspots and repeat offenders to police
  • advising the public about changes to penalties for mobile phone use by driving from March 1, 2017.

Chief constable Suzette Davenport, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing, said: “This week forces will be working to make driving distracted as socially unacceptable as drink-driving through enforcing strong deterrents and powerful messages to make people think twice about their driving habits.

“Encouraging results from last year’s campaign against mobile phone use show how effective new tactics and innovative approaches can be.

"Officers will continue to use intelligence-led tactics to target police activity and resources and catch repeat offenders.

“Forces will be working throughout the year to tackle this behaviour by motorists with national partners and the public.

“Remember: when at the wheel, your calls or texts can wait. Keep your eyes on the road.”

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  • driving requires 100% concentration - 23/01/2017 11:11

    This "crackdown" or just law enforcement needs to continue for at least 6 months to get the message across, a week here and there is not going to change behaviour. It seems that an increasing section of the population seem to stare at their phone whatever they are doing, I've lost count of the idiots that bump into me because they're not looking where they're walking. These people are not going to change their behaviour when they get in a car and are a real danger to us all.

  • Darren - 23/01/2017 11:47

    In slow moving traffic the other day I saw a guy in the car in front using a dash mounted phone to watch a video. No one else in the car. Not the first time I have seen this ether.

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