Clampdown on people using mobile phones at the wheel

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Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in a national week of action against drivers who use their mobile phone at the wheel.

The week of action started on Monday, 22nd January, with officers on the lookout for anyone scrolling through social media, texting or taking a call whilst at the wheel.

National figures show that drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision. In 2017 officers handed out 1,822 tickets to motorists who were stopped for using their phone whilst driving.

Anyone who is caught driving while using mobile phone faces the prospect of a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence, as well as an increase in their car insurance premium. This could result in the driver losing their license and even their job.

Inspector Steve Griffiths, from Cheshire Roads Policing Team, said: "I've dealt with many serious and fatal collisions throughout my career but more and more incidents involve the use of mobile phones at the wheel.

"Checking for a text, or picking up the phone could be enough of a distraction for you to kill someone at the wheel. Having that on your conscience and facing a prison sentence just isn't worth it."

As well as enforcement, the campaign will also focus on educating drivers about the dangers of driving whist using a hand held device.

Inspector Griffiths added: "This operation is not just about issuing tickets, it's also about educating motorists about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving to help prevent tragedies occurring.

"My advice is simply, if you're driving a car, concentrate on the road and not your mobile phone. It could be the difference between life and death."

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Brian Tickner
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 8:12 am
The selfishness of people doing this is beyond belief!
Gill McCamon
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 8:25 am
All they need to do is stand at the traffic lights in the middle of town - most times I wait to cross I see someone using their phone
James MacDonald
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 10:14 pm
On Sunday evening, I witnessed a taxi driver at Wilmslow train station, drive around the car park whilst watching tv on a tablet.

Would you want this guy to drive you from A to B, or any other destination?
Nik Eastwood
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 4:06 pm
I have commentated before on a similar story, youths are still not getting the law on this, also like a comment above or below I have seen many a taxi driver on their phone, and I am not mistaking them for a two way radio - the screen next to their face is a dead give away at night.
Commercial vehicle drivers too.

It needs to be 6 points and a massive fine, with no driver awareness courses as an alternative either.

I remember when mobile phones were new, even pubs used to have signs in saying "no mobile phones", imagine that now!
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 6:51 pm
Are the figures above for tickets national or Cheshire East? It’s not clear.

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