180 drivers caught on phone

By Farnham Herald in Local People

MORE than 180 motorists were caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown by officers across Hampshire.

A total of 186 drivers were stopped as part of a nationwide initiative to make our roads safer, while a further nine were reported for not being in proper control of their vehicle. Of those, 78 per cent were men and 70 per cent were aged over 25.

During the week, from March 1-8, 90 per cent of drivers stopped were given fixed-penalty notices, two per cent were reported for summons, and eight per cent were given verbal warnings.

In January, before the change in legislation, officers caught 220 people using their mobile phones while driving, and six for not being in proper control of their vehicle. The force has since seen around a 15 per cent decrease in mobile phone use behind the wheel.

Road safety sergeant Rob Heard said: “Although we have seen a small decrease in the number of people using their mobile phones while driving, it is still disappointing and shocking that people will take that risk. We all need to take the responsibility to remove the temptation of looking at your phone while driving.

“Please let’s not have another avoidable death or injury on our roads, it’s not worth the risk.”

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