Offences of driving whilst using a mobile phone and failing to wear a seat belt are now being detected by mobile camera technicians.
As well as detecting speeding offences, the camera technicians are now able to detect these others offences whilst they are carrying out their enforcement activity.
Where eligible, motorists using their phone will be offered the opportunity to attend the national ‘What’s Driving Us?’ diversionary course and those not wearing a seat belt may be offered the national online seat belt course – both of which are an alternative to prosecution.
“All the relevant agencies across Lancashire want to address this and the Road Safety Partnership is using its resources to do so. Our aim is to change the behaviour of those who illegally use a phone or don’t wear a seat belt.
“From 1st January to the end of June, 22 people were killed on Lancashire’s roads, 377 were seriously injured and over 2000 people received less serious injuries. We want to make our roads safer by working together.”
Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John Fillis, added: “There has been an enormous growth in technologies which can provide a potential distraction to drivers, and there appears to be an increasing problem with those who think it’s acceptable to put other priorities ahead of their and other people’s safety.
“However there’s absolutely no excuse and I hope this new development in police mobile enforcement provides a deterrent to those drivers who have clearly not considered the potential consequences of taking their attention off the road.
“We’re continuing to work hard to make Lancashire’s roads safer, but we also rely on drivers playing their part by behaving responsibly, whether that’s by wearing a seatbelt or by not allowing themselves to become distracted by a mobile phone.”
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