Police crackdown on mobile phone use

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Published on 3 February 2021 by Mike Waters

The country’s police forces are due to begin a nationwide crackdown on the use of mobile phones while driving that will run from February 8-21.  

Coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the crackdown will see officers across the country tackle this offence to help improve public safety and that of other road users. The use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving is punishable by a £200 fine and six penalty points, and a licence can be confiscated outright if a driver took their test in the preceding two years. 

The timing of this crackdown is significant given the strain that the emergency services, particularly the National Health Service, are already under due to the need to dedicate resources to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Commenting, Inspector Jem Mountford of 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.” 

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