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Merseyside Police’s roads policing department are reminding motorists of the dangers of using mobile phones while driving.
In 2015 over 2700 drivers on Merseyside were stopped by police using their mobile phones while driving, an offence which can contribute to serious road traffic collisions.
Officers from Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Unit will be adopting a zero tolerance approach to protect vulnerable road users and maintain public safety.
They are also urging motorists to use common sense and not use a mobile phone when behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The numbers of motorists using mobile phones to make calls, texts or social media updates whilst driving has risen nationally and distracted driving was expected to be the biggest single cause of death and injuries on the roads as a result by 2015.
Sergeant Paul Mountford said: “Merseyside Police is committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on our roads in 2016 and we are determined to target motorists who flout the law and recklessly endanger lives.
“Using a mobile phone significantly reduces your driving ability and a lack of concentration because you are using your mobile phone – whether to make a call, send a text message or check social media – can have severe consequences for yourself and others.”
Anyone found using a mobile phone while driving is liable for a £100 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.
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