Why risk six penalty points
and a £200 fine?
Police across the UK are joining forces to target drivers using mobile phones at the wheel and to remind them of the hefty penalties for those that are caught.
As part of the two-week crackdown, led by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), officers will be carrying out extra patrols, using unmarked cars and motorcycles and educating motorists about their responsibilities on the roads.
Drivers will be reminded that the penalties for using a mobile phone at the wheel are six penalty points and a fine of £200. Drivers that passed their test in the last two years will lose their licence.
This week, Suffolk Constabulary launched Operation Ringtone, which targets motorists that text and talk while driving.
Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, Head of the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “Research shows you are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone.
“If drivers are using their phones they are distracted from the job at hand, meaning they are less likely to be aware of potential hazards and have slower reaction times.
“Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision, along with drink driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.”
During the last campaign, which ran in September, officers in Suffolk issued 99 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) to drivers using a mobile phone whilst driving.