Police clamp down on drivers using phones

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Police are clamping down on motorists who use mobile devices whilst driving.

More than 700 people were caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel in Hertfordshire last year.

Of these, two thirds were under the age of 40. Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and will receive six penalty points. Any driver caught using a mobile phone within two years of passing their test, will have their licence revoked.

Drivers using mobile phones while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, resulting in potentially devastating, life-long consequences for not only the driver, but their passengers, other road users and pedestrians too.

Chief Inspector Chris Treadwell said: "No message is so urgent that it is worth risking your life and the lives of others. Looking at your mobile phone means you are not looking at the road. Being distracted for a second or two is enough time for circumstances to change and for a collision to occur. Our advice is to put mobile devices in the glovebox as soon as you get into your vehicle. That way they are out of reach and away from temptation."

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