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25th September 2017

Police forces across Wales launch campaign to target drivers who use their mobile behind the wheel

BY: Nathan Spackman

Police forces across Wales are today launching a dedicated campaign to target drivers who use their mobile phone behind the wheel.

Using a mobile whilst operating a vehicle can cause a distraction, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Tackling this issue is a priority across Wales.

The four Welsh police forces supported by the Safety Camera Partnership, Go Safe will undertake activity led by South Wales Police to educate and prevent drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk by using a mobile phone whilst driving.

During the last All Wales Mobile Phone campaign coordinated by Gwent Police in November 2016, 199 drivers were stopped and found to be breaking the law.

T/Superintendent Martyn Stone, South Wales Police, said:

“In recent years, the number of drivers prosecuted for using their mobile phone behind the wheel has increased. By using your phone whilst driving, you are more likely to be distracted, potentially resulting in a road related accident. 

“Increasing numbers of drivers are choosing to use their phone whilst driving to call, text or even check social media. It is against the law to operate a vehicle whilst using a mobile phone, the message is very clear, it’s not worth it.”

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