Police in Wales crackdown on illegal mobile phone use
Police forces across Wales have launched a new campaign targeting drivers who use their mobile phone behind the wheel.
The All Wales anti-mobile phone campaign is being led by South Wales Police and is supported by GoSafe, the Welsh road safety and safety camera partnership, and Road Safety Wales.
The campaign will see officers from the four police forces in Wales educate drivers with the aim of stopping them from putting themselves and other road users at risk.
During a previous campaign in November 2016, 431 drivers across Wales were stopped and found to be breaking the law.
Police in Wales are keen to remind motorists that using a mobile while operating a vehicle causes distraction, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. They say that tackling this issue is a priority.
Temporary superintendent Martyn Stone, South Wales Police, said: “In recent years, the number of drivers prosecuted for using their mobile phone behind the wheel has increased.
"Increasing numbers of drivers are choosing to use their phone whilst driving to call, text or even check social media. It is against the law to operate a vehicle whilst using a mobile phone, the message is very clear, it’s not worth it.”
Susan Storch, chair of Road Safety Wales, said: “Driving a vehicle requires full attention, anything above and beyond that needs to wait until we are safely parked up or until our journey has finished.
"Campaigns such as this demonstrate the resolve of all the Road Safety Wales’ partners in tackling this issue and we will continue to work together to drive home the message that you need to switch off before you drive off."
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