Tougher penal­ties

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CHILDERS Po­lice have wel­comed the harsher penal­ties driv­ers caught tex­ting or us­ing their mo­bile phone while driv­ing will face from Septem­ber. Dou­ble de­merit points will be is­sued for two or more mo­bile phone of­fences com­mit­ted within one year, sim­i­lar to cur­rent pun­ish­ments for re­peat seat­belt, mo­tor­cy­cle hel­met and high-range speed­ing of­fences. Childers Po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Sergeant Ge­of­frey Fay said any ini­tia­tive de­signed to im­prove road safety was al­ways a pos­i­tive. “I find that mon­e­tary penalty is not al­ways a de­ter­rent, the de­duc­tion of de­merit point is al­ways a con­cern of traf­fic of­fend­ers par­tic­u­larly those of­fend­ers whom dis­play a to­tal dis­re­gard to the road rules,” he said. “This of­fence is com­mit­ted more than the de­tec­tion rate would in­di­cate.” Sgt Fay said of­fend­ers were well aware they were com­mit­ting the of­fence and put their phones down when they saw marked pa­trol ve­hi­cles.

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