Mobile Phone | Use your mobile phone at the wheel in Wales: New campaign, you could well end up being fined

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Mobile Phone | Launched today, November 7th 2016, the enforcement operation will see officers pulling over motorists seen on their mobiles offenders could then face a £100 fine and three points on their license.

DRIVERS who use mobile phones at the wheel are being targeted in a crackdown by the four Welsh police forces.

South Wales Police roads policing inspector Martyn Stone said the message to drivers from police was a simple one - keep your eyes on the road.

"Smartphones 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.

He said: "Even experienced and competent drivers can be easily distracted and a slight lapse in concentration can have serious consequences.

"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."

"Our main message is clear; keep your eyes on the road.

Last year's mobile crackdown saw 500 Welsh drivers caught by police.

The 2016 operation is being backed by the charity, Road Safety Wales.

Chairwoman Susan Storch said: "Campaigns such as this demonstrate the resolve of all the Road Safety Wales partners in tackling this issue and we will continue to work together to drive home the message of not using your mobile phone behind the wheel.

"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.

"No call or text is that important."

The crackdown comes as figures show a dramatic fall in the number of drivers stopped for using phones around the UK — last year some 95,000 drivers were pulled-over, compared to 178,000 in 2011-12.

The Police Federation said the drop was due to fewer traffic officers on the roads as a result of budget cuts.

Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine. says south wales evening post 

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