Campaign targets motorists who use phones whilst driving

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The four police forces in Wales, led by Gwent Police and in partnership with Road Safety Wales, are launching a major crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving.

The All Wales enforcement campaign will run from Monday 7th November until Sunday 20th November and is urging all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by their mobile phones.

During the campaign, officers will be speaking to drivers about the dangers of using mobile phones when driving and also about the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel. Officers will be stopping motorists seen using their mobile phones whilst driving and any offenders can expect a £100 fine and three points on their licence.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “Even experienced and competent drivers can be easily distracted and a slight lapse in concentration can have serious consequences. Smart phones are a key part of modern life and we are also seeing drivers being distracted whilst checking social media, reading their emails or accessing the internet. Drivers need to be aware that these actions carry the same danger and the same penalty.

“Our main message is clear; keep your eyes on the road. A lapse in concentration when driving can be devastating and this is why officers from all four Welsh forces will be carrying out proactive patrols to target motorists who endanger road users in this way.”