06/02/2018

28 Drivers Flout Laws During Mobile Phone Campaign

28 drivers were found to be using their mobile phones whilst driving during a week-long campaign.

Police across Cleveland and Durham took part in a national a clampdown on drivers using their mobile phones, beginning Monday 22nd January.

The crackdown came ten months after the introduction of new legislation which means that drivers using a phone whilst at the wheel now receive six points on their licences and a £200 fine.

Since the introduction of the new laws on 1st March 2017 and 31st December 2017, officers across Cleveland and Durham issued 454 tickets, compared to 698 tickets during the same period in 2016.

Inspector Ed Turner, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “It is always disappointing to find that anyone has risked their life and the lives of other innocent road users by driving whilst using a mobile phone. Whether drivers are making calls, texting or going online, the risk is all the same, and the chance of a collision is 25 times higher.

“We will continue these operations to identify those who think it is acceptable to risk their lives, despite the increased penalties brought in last year, and we will educate wherever we can.

"Being distracted at the wheel is one of the four main contributory factors in fatal or serious road traffic collisions and it is an unnecessary risk to take.”