Dou­ble penalties for driv­ing calls

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

MO­TORISTS caught us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing now face dou­ble the penalty.

From to­day (March 1) po­lice will be able to slap driv­ers caught us­ing their phones with a £200 fine and six points on their li­cence – the pre­vi­ous penalty was three points and a £100 fine.

The new leg­is­la­tion also means of­fend­ing driv­ers will no longer be of­fered a train­ing course named the Na­tional Driver Of­fender Re­train­ing Scheme (NDORS) as an al­ter­na­tive to re­ceiv­ing points.

And the big­gest im­pact will be for new mo­torists, as young driv­ers and those who have passed their tests within the past two years could have their li­cence re­voked af­ter their first of­fence.

In­spec­tor Steve Grif­fiths, from Cheshire’s Roads Polic­ing Team, said: “As a se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tor, I have dealt with many se­ri­ous and fa­tal col­li­sions, and in re­cent years I’ve found that in­creas­ingly more of these in­ci­dents have in­volved mo­bile phones. Mo­torists are four times more likely to crash if us­ing a mo­bile phone while driv­ing. Us­ing a hand­held mo­bile de­vice can make driv­ers less aware of what is hap­pen­ing on the road – they could fail to see road signs, re­act more slowly and take longer to brake.

“It is vi­tal that we ed­u­cate mo­torists on the dan­gers of driv­ing while us­ing a hand­held mo­bile de­vice, and the im­pact this new leg­is­la­tion will have on those who con­tinue to flout the law.”

Of­fi­cers caught more than 100 peo­ple us­ing their mo­bile phones il­le­gally dur­ing a week-long op­er­a­tion of in­creased pa­trols to catch of­fend­ers.

Driv­ers were is­sued with a penalty no­tice and of­fi­cers took the op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate mo­torists of the dan­gers of us­ing a hand­held mo­bile de­vice while driv­ing and the con­se­quences they will face.

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for Cheshire, David Keane said: “I’m sure the pub­lic will be re­as­sured to see the work the roads polic­ing team have been do­ing.

“Driv­ing while us­ing a hand­held mo­bile de­vice is dan­ger­ous and the fact that of­fi­cers stopped over 100 driv­ers dur­ing the cam­paign shows that we con­tinue to have an is­sue.

“From March those who break the law will face se­vere penalties and the con­stab­u­lary will have my full sup­port as they work to en­force the new leg­is­la­tion and keep us safe. My mes­sage is clear – driv­ing while dis­tracted should be as so­cially un­ac­cept­able as drink or drug driv­ing.”

PAUL An­thony Old­ham, 32, of Ber­wick Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted fail­ing to at­tend un­paid work ses­sions. He was fined £40.

JOHN Michael Hoban, 41, of High Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted breach­ing a re­strain­ing or­der, as­sault­ing a po­lice con­sta­ble, pos­ses­sion of co­caine and pos­ses­sion of a ra­zor blade in pub­lic. He was sen­tenced to 16 weeks in prison sus­pended for 12 months. He was also fined £100.

SEAN David An­drew Roberts, 40, of no fixed abode, breach­ing a crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der by en­ter­ing Mac­cles­field town cen­tre. He was jailed for two weeks.

CHRISTO­PHER An­thony Bai­ley, 30, of Range Court, Mac­cles­field, de­nied as­sault. He was bailed for the trial on May 19.

JAMES Michael Rollinson, 23, of Cher­ry­fields Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted three charges of as­sault. He was sen­tenced to 17 weeks in prison sus­pended for 12 months. He must also do 100 hours un­paid work and 15 days Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment. He must also pay com­pen­sa­tion of £300.

IOAN Mus­tata, 37, of Hed­ing­ham Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing. He was fined £500 and banned for 16 months.

ROBERT Charles Young, 29, of Thirlmere, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age and breach­ing a re­strain­ing or­der. He was given 15 days Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment, fined £600 and or­dered to pay £1,254.36 com­pen­sa­tion. He was also given a re­strain­ing or­der for three years.

Mo­torists caught us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing will soon be hit by dou­ble penalties (pic­ture posed by model)

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