Thames Valley Police Mobile Phone Crackdown

14 November 2016, 05:56

Police here in the Thames Valley are spending this week targeting drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel.

They say the recent collision on the A34 highlighted more than ever just how devastating the consequences of deciding to use your mobile phone behind the wheel can be.

Four people tragically lost their lives as a result of lorry driver Tomasz Kroker ignoring the warnings and using his mobile phone while driving in August.

Yet despite the obvious dangers and unavoidable loss of life, motorists continue to break the law.

This week officers across Hampshire and Thames Valley have joined a nationwide crackdown on those using their phones behind the wheel.

Roads Policing Officers from the Joint Operations Unit will be carrying out dedicated operations stopping drivers caught using their phones, issuing penalties, as well as educating motorists about the dangers of distraction.

A total of 15 per cent of all fatal collision in Hampshire have involved the driver being distracted or using a mobile phone, yet despite these potentially fatal consequences, motorists are still taking that risk.

The last campaign focusing on mobile phones took place in May and saw 190 people caught - an increase of 36 per cent compared to the same time last year.