Wiltshire Police set to crack down on drivers using mobile phones


Wiltshire Police said they would crack down on drivers who use mobile phones while driving.

It comes as the Gendarmerie supports the National Police Chiefs Council’s campaign to enforce the law regarding the use of hand-held devices while a vehicle is in motion.

The campaign aims to change driver behavior and highlight the consequences of using a mobile phone while driving.

This may not just be because people are making calls on their phones, but checking texts or emails, using social media, or editing their playlists.

Department for Transport figures show 17 people were killed and 114 others were seriously injured on UK roads last year. Involve drivers using a mobile phone.

Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving faces a £200 fine as well as up to six points on their licence.

This means that a new driver who has passed their exam within the past two years could have their license revoked if they get caught.

Even if people are using a mobile phone legally, they could still get three points and a £100 fine for failing to properly control their vehicle.

The new legislation due to be introduced on March 25, 2022 will go further than the current legislation.

Drivers will be prohibited from using their phones to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games.

Drivers will still be able to continue to use a “hands-free” device while driving, such as a GPS, if it’s in a crib.

PC Ben Cox of the Wiltshire Traffic Police Unit said: ‘If you’re looking at your phone you’re not paying attention to the road.

“You are four times more likely to have an accident when using a mobile phone.

“You could miss traffic signs, the brake lights of the vehicle in front of you and as you will not have adequate control of the vehicle.”


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