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Police forces begin mobile phone crackdown today

Police forces across the UK will be stepping up efforts to deter drivers from using a mobile phone in the coming weeks, as part of a nationwide campaign. The campaign is being coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) – and runs from today (8 February) to 21 February.

This year’s campaign is particularly pertinent, given the unprecedented strain currently being placed on the emergency services by the Covid-19 pandemic – and the need for those using the roads not to add to that pressure.

In support of the campaign, police forces will be looking to crackdown on drivers committing the offence.

Warwickshire Police is asking the public not to be tempted to use a hand held mobile phone while driving, amid a “worrying shift in attitudes”. During 2019, the force issued 390 drivers with fixed penalty notices for the offence. In 2020, despite lockdown restrictions, a further 267 notices were issued to drivers.

transportation concept – man using phone while driving the car

Inspector Jem Mountford, Warwickshire Police, said: “We are seeing a worrying shift in attitudes to mobile phone use behind the wheel and this is raising many safety concerns.

“We are seeing more drivers looking down to use a handheld mobile phone to use social media apps, select music, check emails or texting while driving when they should be focussing on the road ahead. We are asking these drivers to consider how their actions could affect themselves and other people.

“Whoever you are texting or calling, whether parents, family, or friends, they would not want you to have a collision potentially injuring yourself or someone else.”

More details at Road Safety GB >>

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