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29 MOTORISTS CAUGHT IN MOBILE PHONE CRACKDOWN

policesandowntrainstationA total of 29 motorists were caught using their mobile phones at the wheel during a Hampshire Constabulary crackdown across the Isle of Wight last month.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit carried out a near week-long focus on drivers using their mobiles whilst driving, with 29 people caught out between Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st January.

In the Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Thames Valley areas a total of 707 drivers were caught.

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Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Safety Sergeant, Sgt Rob Heard, said:

“These results are disappointing and show that many people still do not understand the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. Distraction can be a major contribution to road accidents. By using your phone, you are four times more likely to be involved in a collision and your reaction times can be around 50% slower.

“My advice is to turn your phone off whilst driving, put it out of reach and out of view. This way you won’t be tempted to look at it and become distracted. It’s not worth the risk.”

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