Clampdown on mobile phone drivers

First published in News

Nearly 1,000 motorists were caught using their mobile phones while at the wheel during the 2012 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving campaign last month.

The two-week campaign, involving road safety partners in Wales, aimed to raise awareness among motorists about the real dangers involved when drivers break the law through phoning or texting at the wheel.

Officers from all Welsh police forces carried out proactive patrols to target motorists who endanger other road users through this behaviour and educated drivers on the penalties they face if caught.

During the campaign, officers detected a total of 972 mobile phone driving offences.
In the Gwent area a total of 128 fixed penalty notices were issued, while South Wales Police issued 242 notices to law-breakers.
In the Dyfed Powys force area 454 notices were given, while in North Wales a total of 148 offenders were caught and apprehended.

Dyfed Powys Police Supt Huw Rees said, “Driving while using a mobile phone is not only illegal but dangerous. It doesn’t just put your own life at risk but also the lives of your passengers and other road users who may not have a say in your actions behind the wheel.

“We would encourage drivers to switch off their phones while driving; no phone call is so urgent that it requires you to answer it and put yourself and others at risk. We will continue to work closely with our partners to raise awareness and educate but we will also prosecute those drivers who continue to flout the law.”

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