26 Sep Police crackdown on drivers using mobile phones kicks off with a chase
Police have stopped 21 drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk for using their mobile phone since Thursday – including one motorist who tried to get away.
Officers are targeting motorists who “dice with death” by using mobile phones behind the wheel.
Patrols are being carried out in both counties in marked and unmarked vehicles to find offenders. The campaign started yesterday and will run until Wednesday next week.
A number of drivers have already been stopped. Police said 21 drivers were dealt with yesterday during an operation on the A12 in Great Yarmouth.
Police were also involved in a short pursuit in Gorleston after the driver of a car seen using a mobile phone failed to stop for police on the bypass.
The suspect abandoned his vehicle but was detained by police short while later in Waunci Crescent.
The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance, driving without an MoT and driving while using a mobile phone.
The vehicle was subsequently searched by a drugs dog resulting in officers seizing a number of wraps, believed to be Class A drugs. The driver was further arrested on suspicion of drug possession and remains in custody at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Driving while using a mobile phone is dangerous because it distracts your attention from the road.
“Driving while using a mobile phone is becoming more socially unacceptable, as drink driving did over the years, and we will be pro-active in our approach to target motorists and raise awareness of the dangers.
“People who use their phone while driving are quite literally dicing with death.”
Police class driving while using a mobile phone as one of the “fatal four” behaviours along with speeding, drink driving and not wearing a seatbelt that makes you more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision.
Drivers caught using a phone behind the wheel face a £60 fine and having their licence endorsed with three penalty points. The fine can also rise to £1,000 if taken to court and £2,500 if driving a bus, coach or heavy goods vehicle.
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