Police launch crackdown on drivers using mobile phones
West Midlands Police has launched a new crackdown on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.
The force launched a two-week operation yesterday to tackle irresponsible drivers, who it says are risking their lives and the lives of other motorists.
Traffic officers are monitoring motorists on routes across the region to stop anyone making calls, texting or watching videos illegally rather than concentrating on the road.
The clampdown forms part of a two-week national campaign aimed at highlighting the potentially fatal consequences of being distracted while on the phone.
West Midlands Police is working alongside West Midlands Fire Service and council road safety officers to highlight the dangers and educate motorists. This includes speaking to those in stationary traffic and highlighting the potential consequences of being distracted.
Anyone caught on their mobile phone faces a punishment of six penalty points and £200 fine.
Sergeant Jon Butler said: “Let’s be clear, driving while distracted by using a mobile phone is completely irresponsible. Just losing concentration for a few seconds can have devastating consequences and result in lives being ruined forever.
“It is unbelievable people even consider texting and watching footage on their phones while driving.
“Our priority is to keep the roads safe and this campaign will aim to tackle those who flout the law and remind drivers it is totally unacceptable.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: “While I was Transport Minister I introduced the ban on using mobile phones whilst driving in 2003.
“Those who continue to use their mobile phones whilst driving are a dangerous minority, but they put the lives of every road user at risk. Motorists who use their mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to crash. This campaign is about saving lives.
“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; alongside speeding, drink/drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
“It absolutely horrifies me when I see drivers on their phones and sadly we see it all too often. "I am glad West Midlands Police are taking part in this national campaign. It will help us stop drivers who choose to endanger not only their life, but the lives of other drivers and pedestrians."