Hundred drivers a day caught on their mobile
Week-long police campaign results in fines and points
MORE than 100 motorists a day were caught using their mobile phone during a week-long enforcement campaign carried out by police.
Thames Valley Police concluded the campaign on the evening of Saturday, January 31 which tackled drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel.
Run across the Joint Operations Unit with Hampshire Constabulary, the focus was to spell out the dangers to drivers of using a mobile phone while in charge of a vehicle and the consequences if they do.
More than 700 drivers were stopped, resulting in fixed penalty points and fines being handed out during the week-long operation.
HANDS NOT FREE: Hundreds of motorists in one week were caught using their mobiles by Thames Valley Police
In Bucks, 136 people were Officers also took the stopped, 117 in Berks and opportunity to remind 116 in Oxon. drivers about some of the facts surrounding behaviour at the wheel:
You are four times more likely to crash if using a mobile phone while in charge of a vehicle.
Your reaction time is also 50 per cent slower than normal, attentive driving.
Sergeant Chris Appleby from roads policing, who led the operation for Thames Valley Police, said: “Clearly it is really disappointing that so many people continue to take the risk of using a mobile phone behind the wheel and shows that the work the police have undertaken so far is vital to drive the message home to these risk-taking drivers.
“Given the range of excuses heard by officers, many drivers are still clearly unaware that it is illegal to ride or drive using a handheld device – even if you are stopped at lights or in queuing traffic.”