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26 February 2017
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Police crack down on use of mobile phones behind wheel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 November 2016
phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxHampshire police officers have joined a nationwide crackdown on those using their phones behind the wheel.

They say they’ll be carrying out dedicated operations this week, stopping drivers caught using their phones, issuing penalties and educating motorists about the dangers of distraction.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Safety Sergeant Rob Heard said: “You are four times more likely to be involved in a collision whilst using a mobile phone or being distracted in a vehicle.

“Unfortunately far too many people are still deciding to take that risk and the consequences of these actions can cause devastation, as we have recently seen with the case on the A34 and a lorry driver being distracted by his phone.”

Penalties

 You can get an automatic fixed penalty notice if you’re caught using a hand-held phone while driving or riding, with three penalty points on your licence and a £100 fine. Police say your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000, while drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.

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