launch operation today to target drivers using mobile phones
using hand held mobile phones in the Burnham-On-Sea area will
be targeted by police in a special day of action today (Thursday).
will be out and about across Somerset to catch offenders and highlight
the dangers associated with the use of hand held mobile devices
crackdown has been organised by Avon and Somerset Police and Somerset
County Councils Road Safety Team.
comes after a new study shows motorists are four times more likely
to crash when using a mobile phone since reaction times are around
50% slower than normal.
has been illegal to use a hand held phone while at the wheel since
2007 but many drivers continue to break the law.
Beale, Somerset's Road Safety Manager, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We all see people every day using their phone while driving.
But it is extremely dangerous and can lead to tragic consequences."
let the call go to answer phone or better still switch your phone
off completely when driving, even hands free use can lead to a
lack of concentration. There is nothing so urgent that can justify
taking away a persons life."
Inspector Yan Georgiou of Avon and Somerset Police added: "We
have joined forces with Somerset County Councils Road Safety
Team for this day of action to help raise awareness of the dangers
and penalties of using a phone while driving."
if you are speaking on a phone while driving you could receive
a £100 fine and three points on your licence if the offence
is dealt with through a fixed penalty ticket. If the case goes
to Court, the penalty can be a fine of up to £1,000 and
can include a driving ban."