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Clampdown on motorists using their phone while driving

Hertfordshire police catch 717 offenders in the past year

woman driving while texting - Image by cwazniak released via Creative Commons BY 2.0
Image by cwazniak released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Local police say they are “clamping down” on motorists who use mobile devices while driving.

Officers say those who ignore the advice and break the law are four times more likely to be involved in a collision.

Hertfordshire police say a moment’s distraction is all it takes to crash, resulting in potentially devastating, life-long consequences for not only the driver, but also their passengers, other road users, and pedestrians too.

Chief Inspector Chris Treadwell has issued a statement via Hertfordshire’s Online Watch Link (OWL) saying that no message is so urgent that it’s worth risking your life and the lives of others.
“Looking at your mobile phone means you are not looking at the road. Being distracted for a second or two is enough time for circumstances to change and for a collision to occur. 
“Our advice is to put mobile devices in the glovebox as soon as you get into your vehicle. That way they are out of reach and away from temptation.”  
Police say that of the 717 caught in the county using their mobile phone while driving, two thirds (478) were under the age of 40.
“Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and will receive six penalty points. Any driver caught using a mobile phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked.”
The government has set out its ‘road safety and vehicles rules’ explaining the law to drivers.

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