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Crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving

A crackdown on people in Cheshire who use their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel is taking place this week.

Officers will be taking part in enforcement and educational activity in support of the National Police Chief Council’s country-wide week-long campaign.

It’s a well-known fact that using a mobile phone while driving is one of the main contributory factors in a fatal collision so officers will be on the lookout for anyone taking a call, texting or scrolling through their phone while driving.

If caught using your mobile phone while driving, you will face the prospect of a £200 fine and six penalty points on your licence and, if you’re under 21, you could lose your licence.”

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, added: “Making our roads safer is one of my key priorities and I am pleased that Cheshire police is taking part in this national campaign to reduce the numbers of drivers using a mobile phone in the county.

“Using a phone whilst driving is completely irresponsible. Not only does it put the lives of the driver themselves at risk but could also risk of the lives of other road users or pedestrians.

“I am shocked at the sheer number of people who continue to use their mobile phone behind the wheel when they are well aware of the dangers and know they are breaking the law. Scrolling through social media or checking a text message is not worth the loss of someone’s life or a lengthy prison sentence.”

As well as enforcement, the campaign will focus on educating drivers about the dangers of driving whist using a mobile phone.

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