Police urge drivers to put mobiles away when on the road
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.”