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Next week Cheshire Police will be taking part in a national week long operation targeting motorists who drive while using a handheld mobile phone.
Inspector Steve Griffiths, from the Cheshire Roads Policing Team, said: “As a Senior Investigator I’ve dealt with many serious and fatal collisions, and in recent years I’ve found that increasingly more of these incidents have involved mobile phones.
“Dealing with such cases is heart wrenching, and the hardest part is explaining to someone that a loved one has died because someone felt a phone call or text message was more important than a life.”
So far in 2016, Cheshire police officers have issued more than 2100 tickets to motorists who have been stopped for driving while using a mobile.
Anyone who is caught driving while using mobile phone faces the prospect of a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence, as well as an increase in their car insurance premium. This could result in the driver losing their license and even their job.
As well as enforcement, the campaign will also focus on educating drivers about the dangers of driving whist using a hand held device.
Inspector Griffiths added: “This operation is not just about issuing tickets, it’s also about educating motorists about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving to help prevent tragedies occurring.
“My advice is simply, if you’re driving a car, concentrate on the road and not your mobile phone. It could be the difference between life and death.”