More than 100 motorists caught using their mobile phone while driving

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Officers caught more than 100 drivers using their mobile phones illegally as part of a week-long nationwide operation.

On Monday 23rd January, officers from the Constabulary's Roads Policing Team took part in the national operation targeting those motorists intent on breaking the law by driving while using a handheld mobile device.

Officers stopped anyone they caught using a handheld mobile device behind the wheel and the drivers were issued with a penalty notice.

From March, any motorists caught driving while using handheld mobile devices will face double the penalty under the new legislation. Anyone caught driving while using a handheld mobile device will receive six penalty points and a £200 fine. Currently, the penalty is three points and a £100 fine.

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland said: "Driving while using a handheld mobile device is dangerous, completely reckless and will not be tolerated in Cheshire.

"The safety of Cheshire's roads is paramount and our Roads Policing Team will do all they can to enforce the new legislation to keep our roads safe."

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire David Keane said: "Road safety is a priority for residents and communities across Cheshire and I am sure the public will be reassured to see the work the roads policing team have been doing to keep our roads safe.

"Driving while using a handheld mobile device is dangerous and the fact that officers have stopped over 100 drivers during the recent campaign shows that we continue to have an issue with this on our roads.

"From March those who break the law through using a handheld mobile whilst driving will face severe penalties and the Constabulary will have my full support as they work to enforce the new legislation and keep us safe. My message is clear driving distracted should be seen as socially unacceptable as drink or drug driving."

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Peter Doff
Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 4:20 pm
Only 100 in Cheshire in one day.
One policeman/woman could have got more than
this stood on London Road for a day.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 4:36 pm
Milk lorry the other day Dark Lane Gawsworth. Delivery vans every day.
Harry Martin
Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 3:36 pm
I agree with comments from others .Need more funding for the police then this would be a cost effective exercise .Unless this is enforced it will carry on .

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