Penalties don't deter phone users

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POLICE Scotland is disappointed with the number of drivers using mobile phones and other devices at the wheel after heavier penalties were brought in.

Its figures show that over the two-week campaign to highlight the new penalties, 210 people were either given a ticket or reported to the Procurator Fiscal for the offence. In the first five days 42 people were charged or reported. No regional breakdown of the figures is available.

Superintendent Fraser Candlish, deputy head of road policing, said: "It is disappointing that in the first five days of the new penalties being implemented more than 40 drivers were prepared to risk their lives and other road users by using devices while they were driving.

"There can be no excuse. There was widespread public knowledge of the change. Officers will continue to look for anyone breaking the law and my advice is to either switch off your phone while driving or make or answer a call only if you are parked.

"Using a device if you are stopped at lights or stuck in traffic congestion is still breaking the law and if you are seen, you will be charged, so don't risk it."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:16AM
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