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21 February 2018

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Monday, 23 January 2017
phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxHampshire 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.

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 distraction.

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.

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