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Norfolk Police watching for mobile use at the wheel

Norfolk Police watching for mobile use at the wheel

Published by KLFM
1:15pm 26th March 2020.

Self-isolation means the roads are quieter - but Norfolk Police are still out targeting those who use their phones behind the wheel.

The Mobile Phone Campaign is running until Sunday (29 March) coinciding with a nationwide campaign led by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

Officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team and Road Casualty Reduction Team will be carrying-out extra patrols using both marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles, all fitted with cameras to obtain evidence to help ensure successful prosecutions.

As of legislation, which came into effect in 2017, Drivers found committing this offence will automatically receive six points on their driving licence and a £200 fine.

During 2019, Norfolk Police issued 473 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) to drivers using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Roads Armed Policing Team, said: 

"Research shows you are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone.

"If drivers are using their phones they are distracted from the job at hand, meaning they are less likely to be aware of potential hazards and have slower reaction times.

"Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision, along with drink driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

"This campaign is about targeting irresponsible drivers who pose a danger not only to themselves but to other road users by using a mobile phone at the wheel.

"We will be using this campaign to draw driver’s attention to the risks posed by being distracted by mobile phones whilst enforcing our constant messaging around the ‘fatal four’ offences."