Police target road users using mobile phones


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

The week of action begins on Monday, 15th April, with officers taking part in enforcement and educational activity in support of the National Police Chief Council's country-wide campaign.

Head of Cheshire Police's Roads and Crime Unit, Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell said: "National statistics suggest that drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision. Why drivers continue to use their phones while knowing this, utterly baffles me.

"I have no doubt in my mind that the majority, if not all, road users know that it is against the law to use their mobile phone while driving. Many people try and hide it down by their laps in a bid to avoid being caught. We will have covert vehicles and officers out and about on the lookout for people brazen enough to flout the law. These covert officers could be in vans, on motorbikes or pedestrians – can you be certain you're not being spotted by officers?

"There is an absolute fundamental need to take road traffic offences seriously. People are dying on our roads as a result of people's reckless decisions and it is an absolute tragedy for those families who have lost their loved one. There is no excuse. If caught using your mobile phone while driving, you will face the prospect of a £200 fine and six penalty points on your licence and, if you're under 21, you could lose your licence."

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, added: "Making our roads safer is one of my key priorities and I am pleased that Cheshire police is taking part in this national campaign to reduce the numbers of drivers using a mobile phone in Cheshire.

"Using a phone whilst driving is completely irresponsible. Not only does it put the lives of the driver themselves at risk but could also risk of the lives of other road users or pedestrians.

"I am shocked at the sheer number of people who continue to use their mobile phone behind the wheel when they are well aware of the dangers and know they are breaking the law. Scrolling through social media or checking a text message is not worth the loss of someone's life or a lengthy prison sentence."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Terry Bowes
Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 5:56 pm
Crikey Jo! Just put your team in Alderley Village for a week, you’d rake in enough to fund another Bobby on the beat.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 9:59 pm
Check van drivers and even lorry drivers. Saw an eight wheel rigid the other day with driver on the phone.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 22nd April 2019 at 1:25 pm
Shocking Bob, I agree those guys not paying attention could cause a serious accident in their huge vehicles. I saw a "Cheshire Demolition" Skip truck hurtling past me at about 45mph down the steep Macc' Rd last summer. One hand on his wheel and on e on his phone. I reported him to his transport manager and I am afraid to say folks he deserved to be demoted or at at the worst be fired from his job. They can kill a lot of people in those big heavy trucks....