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Dont phone and drive

Published: 09/11/2016

Flintshire County Councils’ Road Safety team is supporting a major crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving. The All Wales enforcement campaign will run from Monday 7 November until Sunday 20 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. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader for Flintshire County Council said “We recognise that the vast majority of the public want to use the road network to get from A to B safely and that they don’t wish being exposed to unnecessary risks by the actions of others. Driving a vehicle requires us to multi-task so anything above and beyond that needs to wait until we are safely parked up or until our journey has finished. 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.” North Wales Police have recently launched #OpSnap campaign, an initiative which allows video submissions and photographic evidence to be sent to us from people who have witnessed driving offences.