Crackdown on motorists using mobile phones while driving


Cheshire Police is taking the opportunity to remind road users during the National Police Chiefs' Council mobile phone enforcement week that they face a £200 fine and six points if they are caught using their mobile phone while driving.

The campaign, which runs from 10 to 16 July, will again urge motorists not to be distracted by their phone - the potential consequences of this can be serious which is why new legislation was introduced back in March, doubling the penalty you face if you're caught.

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland said: "Our officers are out on the roads 24/7 policing the county and targeting those who flout the law. This week is our opportunity to reinforce the message that using a handheld mobile device is dangerous, completely reckless and will not be tolerated in Cheshire.

"The safety of Cheshire's roads is paramount and our Roads Policing Team will do all they can to enforce the law to keep our roads safe."

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire David Keane said: "Road safety is a key objective of my Police and Crime Plan so we are delighted to be supporting this week of action. The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner held our first Roads Policing Conference recently to see how we can work together with our partners and the community to keep Cheshire's roads safe.

"This week is an excellent way to keep that conversation going and highlight the work that our officers carry out every day. All of us deserve to use our roads safely and the message is clear: driving distracted should be seen as socially unacceptable as drink or drug driving."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Nik Eastwood
Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 5:40 pm
still see this a lot, and I also notice that when somebody is using a phone while driving they also have no seatbelt on, could just be a coincidence though.
Derek Ferguson
Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 11:21 pm
While not condoning mobile phone use while driving, it's an easy win isn't it? Where's the crack-down on speeders, tailgaters, dawdlers, those with poor lane discipline, those that can't use roundabouts properly and those pull out in front of you?
Nik Eastwood
Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 8:04 pm
I have seen police checking for speeders in wilmslow and handforth in the last few days so it is happening.
David Hoyle
Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 10:41 pm
To remind motorists. Does that mean they will not be prosecuted.
Vince Chadwick
Saturday 15th July 2017 at 1:11 pm
You only have to watch pedestrians preoccupied with their phones to realise how totally distracting these devices are. While staring at the screen these people dawdle, weave around the pavement holding up others, and are unaware of their surroundings sometimes to the extent of walking into lamp posts and other street furniture.

Unsurprising therefore that though hands-free in-car phone use is legal, it is no less distracting than illegal hands-on phone use. But it is almost impossible to detect,which is probably why it isn't illegal. Research has shown that the level of distraction caused by phone use is in a different league to that caused by chatting to in-car passengers or listening to the radio, to the extent it is incompatible with driving a car.

All in-car phone use should be illegal, and it should be mandatory that after every road 'accident' phone records are checked by the police, and very heavy penalties imposed if a phone, even a hands-free phone, was found to have been in use at the time.
Saturday 15th July 2017 at 6:39 pm
Nik - you are correct. Speedchecks on Dean Row Road, Dean Drive etc. Didn't notice one on Adlington Road though. Suspect that there is a planning application coming up.
Jon Armstrong
Monday 17th July 2017 at 12:26 pm
Whilst hands free calls can be distracting they are nowhere near as bad as having the phone in your hand, which greatly restricts the driver's ability to react and make maneuvers. Far far far worse than that though - which anyone walking around will see all the time - is drivers who are clearly texting while driving, which not only involves holding the phone but not even looking at the road. Some of them think nobody will realise they are doing this if the hold the phone low down below the window, but unless they hope we think they have suddenly become fascinated by their own thighs they're fooling nobody.

A van driver who was texting almost hit me yesterday and was completely oblivious to this, even afterwards.
Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 11:37 am
Jon, hands free is as bad as hand held from a distraction point of view. The added detraction of hand held in that one hand is not available for car control is undesirable, but negligible in comparison to the distraction of a mobile call.

I say again, note pedestrians wandering along as if in a daze while using their phone, completely unaware of what's going on around them. And texting while driving is, as you say, a problem, but no less a problem for hands free.
Jon Armstrong
Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 2:47 pm
We clearly don't agree on this. I'm not saying there is not a distraction issue with hands free, but if you think you can drive as car just as well with one hand holding a phone, looking at the screen and typing letters with your thumb as you can when you have both hands free and are looking at the road and nothing else then you are a better driver than me and 99% of the population.