Lancashire drivers face mobile phone crackdown

A MONTH-LONG crackdown has been launched after more than 5,000 people were caught using phones while driving in Lancashire last year.

Officers from Lancashire Police’s road policing unit will be stopping drivers as well as visiting colleges and universities to warn people of the dangers of taking a call or texting while driving.

Last year, 5,052 drivers in Lancashire were caught by police using a mobile phone while driving.

Chief Inspector Debbie Howard said being distracted by a phone while in the car could put your life and that of others at risk.

She said: “The consequences of driving whilst using a mobile phone can be catastrophic. It diverts attention away from the road and increases the chances of being involved in a road traffic collision.

“We take action against those who use mobile phones whilst driving throughout the year but the concentrated activity taking place this month sets out to let motorists know that this behaviour will simply not be tolerated.”

Luke Bosdet, a spokesman for the AA, said: “The problem we face is that people are addicted to using their mobile phones and answering them whenever they ring.

“What tends to happen is that they answer it almost immediately.

“What we have found is that when there has been some kind of campaign, the level of people being seen using mobile phones drops because they become aware of it, but once those surges of interest drop off, the percentage of drivers using mobile phones increases.”

Motorists who use a mobile phone while driving could get a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence or they may be dealt with at court.

The crackdown is part of Operation Pathway, a force-wide campaign that sees high profile action days on the county’s roads aimed at saving lives.

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10:43am Fri 11 Jan 13

Dave_P says...

"Motorists who use a mobile phone while driving could get a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence or they may be dealt with at court. " -- not if it's hands-free
"Motorists who use a mobile phone while driving could get a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence or they may be dealt with at court. " -- not if it's hands-free Dave_P

10:57am Fri 11 Jan 13

happycyclist says...

Good. I see loads of people using mobile phones whilst driving. The fines should be greater.
Good. I see loads of people using mobile phones whilst driving. The fines should be greater. happycyclist

11:09am Fri 11 Jan 13

Izanears says...

happycyclist wrote:
Good. I see loads of people using mobile phones whilst driving. The fines should be greater.
Anyone caught using a mobile phone when driving should have their vehicle confiscated.
Also, apart from visting colleges etc, they should also go to Taxi firms.Many taxi drivers seem to have the phone glued to their ear..
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Good. I see loads of people using mobile phones whilst driving. The fines should be greater.[/p][/quote]Anyone caught using a mobile phone when driving should have their vehicle confiscated. Also, apart from visting colleges etc, they should also go to Taxi firms.Many taxi drivers seem to have the phone glued to their ear.. Izanears

11:38am Fri 11 Jan 13

Excluded again says...

Good news. I see too many drivers using a hand held mobile phone when driving.
Good news. I see too many drivers using a hand held mobile phone when driving. Excluded again

12:07pm Fri 11 Jan 13

George.White.Bread says...

I have family members in the Police and the stories they tell about some drivers attitude when they are caught using their phone whilst driving are incredible. The attitude ranges from the old chestnut of "WHY AREN'T YOU OUT THERE CATCHING REAL CRIMINALS" to "IM A GOOD ENOUGH DRIVER TO DRIVE AND USE MY PHONE". Clearly that's not all the people who are caught but the arrogance of the few is staggering.
The way i see it is that when you use you're phone you know it's illegal, you know the consequences if you get caught so therefore you're accepting the risks, so when you do get caught you have to hold your hand up.
Anybody who thinks that they are skilled enough to drive whilst using a phone is a complete nobber.
I have family members in the Police and the stories they tell about some drivers attitude when they are caught using their phone whilst driving are incredible. The attitude ranges from the old chestnut of "WHY AREN'T YOU OUT THERE CATCHING REAL CRIMINALS" to "IM A GOOD ENOUGH DRIVER TO DRIVE AND USE MY PHONE". Clearly that's not all the people who are caught but the arrogance of the few is staggering. The way i see it is that when you use you're phone you know it's illegal, you know the consequences if you get caught so therefore you're accepting the risks, so when you do get caught you have to hold your hand up. Anybody who thinks that they are skilled enough to drive whilst using a phone is a complete nobber. George.White.Bread

12:18pm Fri 11 Jan 13

frank says...

i've been on the recieving end of selfish drivers using mobiles. it's only by luck that i wasn't hurt. the fine is no where near high enough.
they should face a ban as well, til they learn to think of others.
i've been on the recieving end of selfish drivers using mobiles. it's only by luck that i wasn't hurt. the fine is no where near high enough. they should face a ban as well, til they learn to think of others. frank

1:56pm Fri 11 Jan 13

tntoast says...

what "COULD " there should be no COULD it should be on the spot fine and confescate the phone soon stop um
what "COULD " there should be no COULD it should be on the spot fine and confescate the phone soon stop um tntoast

4:36pm Fri 11 Jan 13

retired one says...

I was out today for less than an hour and saw 3 drivers using their mobile phones in this short time. The penalties should be higher.
I was out today for less than an hour and saw 3 drivers using their mobile phones in this short time. The penalties should be higher. retired one

5:03pm Fri 11 Jan 13

allan1957 says...

And at the same time fine motorist's that think it's fine to drive in thick fog with no lights on. Driving over Bull hill today there were many drivers not using any lights at all.
And at the same time fine motorist's that think it's fine to drive in thick fog with no lights on. Driving over Bull hill today there were many drivers not using any lights at all. allan1957

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