Cambridgeshire Police launch mobile phone campaign
Cambridgeshire Police have announced a month long campaign against the use of a mobile phone while driving after it was revealed 46 drivers a week are caught.
The move comes after 24 motorists were summonsed to court last month for careless or inconsiderate driving after using mobile phones behind the wheel to take photographs of a road collision on the A14 in Cambridgeshire.
Police are urging motorists to know the law on mobile phone use at the wheel and the consequences of breaking it after a total 2,415 fines were issued for the offence last year.
Currently, if caught using a mobile phone while driving motorists are issued to three penalty points and a fine of £100.
Throughout July, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit will be focusing on motorists breaking the law as part of a month-long Think campaign.
Inspector Mark Rogers said: ‘It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. This includes using your mobile phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media and applied even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
‘You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked with your engine switched off or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.’
Recent studies have shown that drivers using hands-free or handheld mobile phones are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.
A hands-free kit can be used but motorists can still be prosecuted if they are not in proper control of their vehicle.