February 6, 2011
warn Burnham-On-Sea motorists of 'fatal distraction' risk
have this week warned motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area about
the dangers of using their mobile phones whilst driving.
The force has teamed up with RAC to emphasise that using a mobile
phone whilst driving is a lethal combination - a potentially 'fatal
It is one of the 'fatal four' major contributing factors to accidents.
Tests have shown that a driver cannot help but be distracted by
a phone call or text message and if you are distracted you won't
register potential hazards, nor will you react as quickly. In
fact, you're four times more likely to be involved in a crash
if using your mobile phone.
Despite the proven dangers, new research shows more people are
using mobiles when they're behind the wheel.
An RAC study found more than a third of UK motorists admitted
to being distracted by calls, texts and social media applications
on their mobile phones. One in five said they are likely to check
social media alerts, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Those drivers caught using a mobile phone could face getting
three points on their licence and a fine of £60. If the
case goes to court, you could face a fine of £1,000 or £2,500
if driving a large goods vehicle, bus or coach.
certain circumstances, or where there are aggravating factors,
such as being involved in a collision, you could be prosecuted
for failing to be in proper control of their vehicle, driving
without due care and attention or dangerous driving. This could
result in a court appearance, being disqualified from driving
or even a prison sentence.
Chief Inspector Polly King, from Avon and Somerset Police's Road
Policing Unit, said: "Using your mobile phone whilst driving
is a proven hazard which impairs driver performance and increases
the risk of collisions. Although hands-free devices are better,
they can still cause the driver to be distracted by a phone call
or text message so we always advise motorists to switch their
mobile off or at least turn it on silent."
Adrian Tink, RAC Motoring Strategist, said: "It's extremely
concerning that the drivers continue to use their mobile phones
for texting and calling. It's also very worrying that people use
their phone for a whole host of social media applications while
driving. Taking your eye off the road, just for a second, to read
an alert or check who called can potentially have fatal results."