Po­lice urge driv­ers to put mo­biles away when on the road

Safety

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Mo­torists who use a mo­bile phonewhilst driv­ing are be­ing told to “Put it Away” dur­ing a safety cam­paign this week.

Of­fi­cers from the Bed­ford­shire, Cam­bridgeshire and Hert­ford­shire Road Polic­ing Unit will be car­ry­ing out ex­tra en­force­ment op­er­a­tions to tackle the is­sue.

In ad­di­tion to en­force­ment work, so­cial me­dia ma­te­ri­als from the Hert­ford­shire Road Safety Part­ner­ship’ s“Put it Away” cam­paign will be used across the three coun­ties to high­light the dan­gers of us­ing a mo­bile phone while driv­ing.

The op­er­a­tion co­in­cides with a week-long cam­paign be­ing con­ducted by the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs Coun­cil (NPCC).

The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced plans to dou­ble the penal­ties for be­ing caught us­ing a phone be­hind the wheel to six points and a £200 fine in 2017.

Driv­ing while us­ing a mo­bile phone is con­sid­ered one of the ‘fa­tal four’ driv­ing of- fences, along with speed­ing, not wear­ing a seat­belt and drink or drug driv­ing.

Sergeant Ian Man­ley said: “Us­ing a mo­bile phone whilst driv­ing sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases your chances of be­ing in­volved in ase­ri­ous, even­fa­tal col­li­sion.

“I hope this cam­paign helps to get an im­por­tant safety mes­sage across to the pub­lic that us­ing a mo­bile phone whilst driv­ing is un­ac­cept­able.

“It puts not only your life at risk, but also the lives of oth­ers.

Matt Sta­ton, of the Peterborough and Cam­bridgeshire Road Safety Part­ner­ship, said: “Over the last 30 years we have seen a big change in at­ti­tudes to­wards drink­ing and driv­ing, to the point where most peo­ple think it is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. Us­ing a mo­bile phone while driv­ing has been shown to have sim­i­lar ef­fects to be­ing over the limit, so we’d like to see peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes to the is­sue change in the same way.”

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