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Police continue crackdown on drivers using mobile phone

Warwickshire Police, the Safer Roads Partnership and National Fire Chiefs Council are supporting the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) mobile phone campaign (15th - 28th April), by targeting motorists who continue to use their handheld mobile phone at the wheel.

Distraction behind the wheel is such a significant contributory factor with regards to road collisions and this campaign demonstrates a willingness by police forces across the UK to tackle the issue of mobile phone use.

It's over two years since new legislation was introduced, increasing both the fine and licence points if caught using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel. Motorists caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving face a £200 fine and six points on their licence. Drivers caught twice face a lengthy ban - which could also then lead to a £1,000 fine. While new drivers - those who have passed within the last two years - face having their licence revoked if caught just once.

Since 2016 there has been 1 fatality, 15 serious injuries and 60 slight injuries on Warwickshire roads where use of a mobile phone was recorded as a causation factor.

Warwickshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: "Smartphones are embedded into most people's daily routines but driving while distracted by a mobile phone is completely unacceptable and puts everyone on the roads at risk of serious harm. We want people to think about the consequences of their actions and will be making use of the tougher penalties to clamp down on this dangerous behaviour"