Lincolnshire Police launches #StandingUpForHangingUp campaign to tackle mobile phone use while driving
Lincolnshire Police has launched the #StandingUpForHangingUp campaign to tackle mobile phone use while driving.
This month, the force will be out on the roads dealing with drivers who continue to use mobile phones while behind the wheel.
Police sergeant Adie Scargill, of the roads policing unit at Lincolnshire Police, said: "We know the vast majority of people find it completely unacceptable for drivers to use a mobile phone while driving. The people who do this are in the minority but still they continue to put their own and others lives at risk.
“We use a range of tactics to identify drivers, Operation Bus is one of these, where we used a bus to spot drivers on their phones. They were then stopped by officers shortly afterwards.
"This means anyone can record evidence and send it through to us.
“Protecting people from harm is one of our priorities and this includes road safety.We are all responsible for keeping our roads users safe.”
Police say that drivers using a mobile phone while behind the wheel are:
- Four times more likely to be involved in a collision
- Far less likely to notice and react to hazards
- Take much longer to react to any hazards you do see
- Able to look directly at hazards yet fail to see them
- Likely to show poor lane discipline and make more variable speed choices
Police have encouraged people to decline to speak or engage via the phone with someone who is driving until they stop their car and park or finish their journey.
Drivers who disregard mobile phone rules risk a £200 fixed penalty ticket and six penalty points if they use a mobile phone while driving. If the matter is dealt with at court, the penalties can increase with car drivers being fined up to £1,000, and HGV and bus drivers up to £2,500 as well as risk being disqualified from driving.
People who passed their driving test in the past two years will lose their licence.
Unless you are safely parked you cannot use your phone while in traffic or queuing at lights, or if you are supervising a learner driver.
The only exception is to call 999 in response to a genuine emergency where it is unsafe or impracticable to stop.