More than 300 motorists caught using their mobile phone

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Cheshire police officers have issued more than 300 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) to motorists for using their mobile phone behind the wheel.

During February officers across the county took part in enforcement and educational activity in support of the National Police Chief Council's country-wide campaign.

Officers were out on the lookout for people using their mobile phone behind the wheel, or any of the other Fatal 5 offences (careless driving, speeding, drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt).

Throughout the month 318 motorists were issued with a TOR for for driving while using a mobile phone compared to 32 motorists in February 2020.

Chief Inspector for Cheshire's Roads and Crime Unit, Rob Dickinson, said: "In line with the national focus, throughout February we targeted motorists using a mobile phone while driving, with the aim of making Cheshire's roads safer and preventing anyone being killed or seriously injured as a result of something completely avoidable.

"The fact that officers have issued more than 300 TORs throughout the month is astonishing. I have no doubt in my mind that everyone knows the dangers of using their phones behind the wheel, and that they shouldn't be doing it, yet so many people still do. Many people try and hide it down by their laps in a bid to avoid being caught."

"My question to those motorists who thought it was acceptable to use their mobile phone while driving and put other innocent road users lives at risk is, "was that call, text, DM, or scroll of your social media news feed really worth it?"

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Eric Rowland
Thursday 11th March 2021 at 3:14 pm
My opinion is that loss of the offending phone might encourage drivers not to use it while at the wheel. Seems that the current penalties are not severe enough.

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