police are this week taking part in a national crackdown on motorists
using mobile phones behind the wheel, warning that “a moment’s
inattention could mean the difference between life and death”.
It's hoped the week of action will reduce unnecessary deaths on the roads.
Policing Officers from the Joint Operations Unit will be carrying out
dedicated operations stopping drivers caught using their phones, issuing
penalties, as well as educating motorists about the dangers of
Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Safety Sergeant Rob
Heard said: “Research has shown that talking on a mobile phone can
impair your ability to drive more than if you were driving whilst over
the drink drive limit.
“You are much less aware of what's
happening around you and fail to see road signs, maintain a proper lane
position or a steady speed.
“Drivers end up feeling more stressed
and frustrated and are more likely to 'tailgate' the vehicle in front or
enter unsafe gaps in traffic.
“You are four times more likely to
be involved in a collision whilst using a mobile phone or being
distracted in a vehicle and your reactions are 50 per cent slower.
“I am urging all motorists to not take that risk, a moment’s inattention can be the difference between life and death.”
Sergeant Heard advised turning phones off while driving to avoid the temptation and distractions.