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Police catch 130 drivers on mobile phones in motorway crackdown

A police motorway crackdown on motorists using a mobile phone at the wheel snared more than 130 drivers and caught out others for not wearing a seatbelt. Officers from Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG)1 used an unmarked HGV cab in the three-week operation that stopped 274 vehicles, including more than 200 HGVs, on the M5, M6 and M42. There were a total of 310 offences reported with 133 arrested for using a mobile phone and 138 for not wearing a seatbelt.

Punishments for those caught included warnings, penalty notices or attending an awareness course.

Below: Police footage of a woman driving a Mini weaving all over the road while on mobile phone

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Insp Simon Kirman, of CMPG3 , said: We saw some drivers recklessly jeopardising their own safety and potentially putting other road users at risk. It only takes a momentary distraction to cause an accident which, at high speed, can be catastrophic.

The cab enabled us to observe unsuspecting commercial vehicle drivers and identify those committing an offence.

It is not acceptable even during slower moving or queuing traffic to check a mobile phone for messages, text messaging or looking at social media.

A lot of drivers acknowledged their behaviour was wrong when stopped and the operation was about enforcement but also education. Hopefully this will serve as a stark reminder of the dangers of not fully concentrating on the road.

A Highways England spokesperson added: Road safety is a top priority for Highways England.

Doing what we can to reduce incidents on our network not only improves safety but it reduces congestion and provides more reliable journeys for drivers in the West Midlands.

Our aim is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 40 per cent over the next five years.

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References

  1. ^ Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
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