Hun­dred driv­ers a day caught on their mo­bile

Week-long po­lice cam­paign re­sults in fines and points

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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