Crackdown on illegal mobile use


Police Scotland officers are this week targeting drivers in Dumfries and Galloway who still think it is acceptable to use a mobile phone or other distraction device while driving on the region's roads.

Inspector Campbell Moffat of Dumfries and Galloway roads policing unit, said: "It is extremely disappointing that drivers are still prepared to put the lives of both themselves and other road users at risk by using such devices while they are driving.

"There can be no excuse because there is widespread public knowledge of the change in the law under which penalties "increased in March this year to £200 and six penalty points.

"This week road policing officers are focusing their efforts on looking out for anyone breaking the law and my advice is to simply either switch off your phone entirely while driving or make or answer a call only if you are parked.

"Remember that using such a device if you are stopped at lights or stuck in traffic congestion is still breaking the law and if you are seen doing it by police officers, you will be charged so don't risk it."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 3:49PM
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