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Police crackdown on use of mobiles when driving

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Police in England and Wales are conducting a week-long crackdown on motorists who use their mobile phones while driving.

The operations will include dedicated patrols and messages on road signs.

The move follows government plans to double fines and points for using a mobile while driving.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said the campaign aims “to make ‘driving distracted’ as socially unacceptable as drink driving”.

The national week of action comes after a previous one in May, which the police said resulted in the detection of 2,323 offences across the week.

It comes after an RAC survey in September suggested the number of motorists illegally using mobile phones while at the wheel was rising.

Of the motorists asked, 31% said they had used a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014.

‘Innovative approaches’

As part of the latest campaign week, police officers will work together with paramedics to educate the public on the risks of using phones while driving.

The officers on the dedicated patrols will be using unmarked vans, helmet cams, high-seated vehicles and high vantage points to catch offenders, the police said.

There will also be social media videos and messages, schemes enabling “community spotters” to target repeat offenders, and messages which will be displayed on commuter routes telling motorists to leave their phones alone.

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport from the NPCC said tackling mobile phone use by drivers needed “innovative approaches”.

“When you’re getting in your car, remember don’t put others at risk – keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.”

Police should target the persistent offenders just like any other crime, AA president Edmund King told BBC Radio 5 live.

Drivers are “addicted” to their phones and there are lessons to be learnt from drink-driving and seatbelt campaigns, he said.

Mr King added it was crucial to have enforcement behind any “hard-hitting” campaign.

‘Dangerous pastime’

People checking social media and texting is much more common than taking calls at the wheel, PC Derek Kitcher of Gwent Police told BBC Radio 5 live’s Breakfast programme.

He said most offenders do not realise that a police car is next to them until an officer beeps their horn.

Fellow officer Sgt Leighton Healan told the programme it was something that was becoming socially unacceptable and was a “dangerous pastime”.

Drink-driving was a personal choice whereas mobile phone usage was almost a spontaneous offence, he said.

“What we want to do is educate people, raise awareness around the use of mobile phones and prevent it in the first place. As a police force I’m not always keen to issue that fine if education is better served.”

Source: BBC News

 

Incease on mobile phone use whilst driving

Latest survey shows that mobile phone use whilst driving has increased.

The Government’s latest mobile phone use survey (published on 25 February) gives cause for concern as it shows that mobile phone use whilst driving in England has increased.

The report showed that the proportion of car drivers seen using a hand-held mobile phone has gone up. Overall, 1.6% of all drivers in England and Scotland were observed to be using a hand held mobile phone and that could be as many as half a million drivers every day!

Most were observed using the phone in their hand (1.1%) rather than holding it to their ear (0.5%) suggesting that most mobile phone use while driving is sending/receiving texts or using social media.

Male drivers (1.7%) are more likely to use a mobile phone than female drivers (1.3%) and van drivers (2.7%) are more likely to be observed using a mobile phone than car drivers (1.4%) or goods vehicle/lorry drivers (1.2%).

The only way to counter White Van Man’s addiction to mobiles is to have more cops in cars and for employers to take their duty of care more seriously. If not they could face corporate manslaughter charges.

It’s worrying that the percentage of car drivers using a hand-held mobile phone has not gone down since 2009. This shows that there is a hard-core of drivers who still believe there is nothing wrong with their behaviour and continue to put their own lives, and the lives of others, at risk by using their phone behind the wheel.

We know how common this behaviour is from our AA-Populus motoring panel.  Virtually all of our members say they see other drivers using a hand-held mobile phone on most journeys, and the majority (81%) think that speaking on a hand-held mobile phone should be categorised as a dangerous driving offence in the event of a fatal collision.

Education and enforcement are the tools needed to try and keep our roads safe for everyone who uses them.

Edmund King  (26 February 2015)

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