Police crack down on use of mobile phones behind wheel
Monday, 14 November 2016
Hampshire 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.”
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.