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Throughout January Merseyside Police will be carrying out enforcement across Merseyside aimed at drivers not wearing a seat belt or driving whilst using their mobile phones.

Last year over six thousand drivers were issued with fixed notice penalties for failing to wear a seat belt and over four thousand were detected using their mobile phones while driving. Both these offences can contribute to serious road traffic collisions.

This week will mark the unofficial start of the new year for alot of people, with the Christmas period over and the new school term starting. Officers from Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Unit will be out and about making sure people are driving safe and not taking undue risks in the busy back to work period.

Sergeant Paul Mountford said “Merseyside Police is committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on our roads in 2013 and we are determined to target motorists who flout the law and recklessly endanger lives.

“This week will see more cars on our roads as people return to work and children go back to school and I appeal to drivers to be aware of your responsibilities on the roads.

“A lack of concentration because you are using your mobile phone can have severe consequences for yourself and others and by simply spending 2-3 seconds putting on a seat belt you greatly reduce the risk of serious injury if involved in a crash.

“During January we are adopting a zero tolerance approach and will be targeting hot spot areas to crackdown on drivers committing these type of offences. Our officers will be on the roads in unmarked cars so I urge you to drive responsibly.”

Anyone found using a mobile phone while driving or not wearing their seatbelt is liable for a £60 fine and three penalty points. If a driver is found to have been using a mobile phone at the time of a collision they could be charged with dangerous driving.

This crackdown is the first of 2013. Each month, the Force’s Roads Policing Unit will target specific offences and issues that are shown to contribute to road casualties.

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