Police in crackdown on drivers who use mobiles
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are working to crack down on people using
their mobile phones whilst driving.
campaign started on Monday and will span across the region after
figures from the RAC revealed that the number of motorists who illegally
use mobile phones while at the wheel is rising.
1,714 motorists surveyed 31% said they used a handheld phone behind
the wheel. That compares with 8% in 2014. The number of drivers
who said they sent a message or posted on social media rose from
7% to 19%, while 14% said they had taken a photograph or video while
for Transport figures show that a driver impaired or distracted
by their phone was a contributory factor in 492 accidents in Britain
in 2014, including 21 that were fatal and 84 classed as serious.
Policing Inspector Frazer Davey said: "I am often asked what
is legal? or can I use hands-free safely?."
best advice I can offer is the advice I have given to my 17-year
old son, who is learning to drive. Driving is difficult enough without
adding in other distractions. When youre behind the wheel,
forget about who may be texting you, or what your friends may be
putting on Facebook. Focus all of your concentration and attention
on your driving to keep you safe, your friends and family safe and
other people on the road safe."
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added:
"Too many people still think it is acceptable to use their
mobile phones while driving, or allow themselves to be easily distracted
when behind the wheel of a vehicle."
someone is killed or seriously injured by a distracted driver, its
important to recognise that not only do these collisions have a
life-long impact on the lives of victims, but also on their friends
safety and drivers using mobiles phones are the most common topics
raised with me in my mailbag, and I welcome any initiatives that
aim to educate drivers and make our roads a safer place for all
who use them."
government has said that drivers caught using handheld mobile phones
are likely to face much tougher penalties in the future. New rules,
expected to come in during 2017, will see fines and points doubling.
the campaign, police across the South West will be carrying out
a series of pro-active operations to catch those using their phones
behind the wheel.
is being led by the head of roads policing in the region, ACC Jon
Stratford, who added: "This week, officers will be out and
about across the region, stopping people who are using their mobiles
whilst driving. We will be explaining to them the dangers of this
and prosecuting where appropriate."