Clampdown on people using mobile phones at the wheel

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Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in a national week of action against drivers who use their mobile phone at the wheel.

The week of action started on Monday, 22nd January, with officers on the lookout for anyone scrolling through social media, texting or taking a call whilst at the wheel.

National figures show that drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision. In 2017 officers handed out 1,822 tickets to motorists who were stopped for using their phone whilst driving.

Anyone who is caught driving while using mobile phone faces the prospect of a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence, as well as an increase in their car insurance premium. This could result in the driver losing their license and even their job.

Inspector Steve Griffiths, from Cheshire Roads Policing Team, said: "I've dealt with many serious and fatal collisions throughout my career but more and more incidents involve the use of mobile phones at the wheel.

"Checking for a text, or picking up the phone could be enough of a distraction for you to kill someone at the wheel. Having that on your conscience and facing a prison sentence just isn't worth it."

As well as enforcement, the campaign will also focus on educating drivers about the dangers of driving whist using a hand held device.

Inspector Griffiths added: "This operation is not just about issuing tickets, it's also about educating motorists about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving to help prevent tragedies occurring.

"My advice is simply, if you're driving a car, concentrate on the road and not your mobile phone. It could be the difference between life and death."

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Comments

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Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 4:01 pm
I see vans and lorries with drivers on mobiles. Think what could happen with a heavy vehicle!
Harry Martin
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 9:23 pm
Exactly Bob . I haven't enough fingers on 2 hands . Women driving with kids or the young lad who drove into my friend coming out onto Alderley Road - a main road and the new car was written off . Tried to blame on the hedge - now removed at BP garage. It is their word against yours but luckily non - fault claim .I could probably fund the police if I got £1 for all I alone have seen.
Charlie Gaughan
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 4:51 am
I see Tractors driving through the village while the person driving it is texting or talking on a mobile phone
David Carey
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 10:01 am
About time is all I can say, twice in the last week I have had to take evasive action as people have been using their mobile phone on the fast parts of Heyes Lane, also travelling at silly speeds I might add doesn't help.
Sam Cummings
Thursday 25th January 2018 at 8:51 am
Favourite and most often sight: People taking corners with one hand on the wheel and the other holding their phone... Good job! Who needs to be on their phone that often? I relish getting into my car so I DON'T have to answer/look at my phone! :P
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 26th January 2018 at 4:57 pm
They of course are the "entitled ones" aren't they. I urge pedestrians to take photos of these idiots when they can as there is a site online where you can upload and shame them . "Entitlement" seems to be the order of the day . As I got off the bus outside the Botanist earlier I was able to witness this special kind of "thoughtful" behaviour in action. The bus had to drop us on the zig zag by the pedestrian crossing as 2 wonderful entitled gents had chosen to endanger folk by parking in the bus stop and on the double yellows behind. The oh so important Mercedes owner parked in the Bus Stop gave a young lady a ton of invective as he drove away. Nice!! The young lady had phoned the Botanist and asked them to send the culprits out as she could see the bus coming. A top of the range Mercedes too (obviously he cannot afford £1 for the parking meter and also too important to walk). I saw you sir and if you are reading this you acted like an obnoxious bully to that lady. I wish for once that the warden had been there as I would have relished seeing 2 tickets given out for dangerous, selfish parking.
Yvonne Bentley
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 5:34 pm
This last comment seems rather incongruous as the article is about people driving whilst on the phone.