Police catch drivers on mobiles

By Surrey and Hants News in Crime

A total of 204 motorists were caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown by Hampshire Constabulary.

Roads policing officers from the joint operations unit also stopped another 17 people for driving while distracted.

Of those stopped, 166 were men and 55 were women. There were 130 stops on urban roads and 55 on motorways. Car drivers accounted for 132 stops, while 61 motorists were in vans. Fixed penalty notices were issued to 180 drivers.

A delivery van driver from Wales, stopped in Rownhams on January 25 for using his mobile while driving, told officers it was the third time in three weeks he had been stopped for the offence. He was given a fixed penalty notice.

Another van driver, stopped between junctions 7 and 5 on the M27 and given a fixed penalty notice for using his phone, said he was checking his bank account to see if his final payment had gone through for a court fine issued after he was previously caught using his mobile while driving.

Road safety sergeant Rob Heard said: “It is disappointing that still so many people are still taking that risk to use their phones whilst driving.

“Many lives are being put at risk by the selfish actions of these people and it is not

acceptable.

“Please turn your phone off and put it out of reach so you won’t be tempted.

“That moment of inattention really is the difference between life and death - it is not worth the risk.”