Police crackdown on drivers' mobile phone use

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Police have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using mobile phones while driving.


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The initiative, by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary and Thames Valley Police's Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, runs until March 12, and is part of a national drive to reduce the number of accidents caused by drivers distracted by mobile phones.

Using a mobile phone while driving is one of the 'fatal four' factors that significantly increase the likelihood of an accident, along with speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Officers will be conducting safety checks and patrols to catch drivers breaking the law. Those caught face a £200 fine and six points on their licence for a one-time offence, to a lengthy ban and a £1,000 fine for those caught twice.

New drivers could have their licence revoked.

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