Clampdown on in-car phone use

Police forces across the region have launched a fresh campaign against people using handheld phones while driving. It comes as the charity Brake calls for hands free calls to be banned as well, saying they are a distraction for drivers

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Your views: Police clampdown on handheld mobile phone use

Police officers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Northamptonshire are among those across the country who are taking part in a campaign to tackle drivers who use handheld mobile phones while driving.

Here are a selection of ITV News Anglia viewers' opinions on the subject:

"It's a huge problem. I am always seeing drivers on country roads on their phones. Glad there is going to be a crackdown. It's NEVER acceptable and texting is even worse. "

– Heather Sagin

"People that do (use phones whilst driving) should be banned & imprisoned. There is no need for it at all."

– Robert Butal

"No problem if you're stuck in traffic jam and stationary but no excuse when driving. Seen too many drivers drift over into the hard shoulder or over the centre lines because they're either talking on a phone or texting or trying to reprogram their sat nav's."

– Andrew Pullen

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Mobiles putting 'most vulnerable road users in danger'

Mobile phones pose a "similar" threat to road users as drunk drivers would and are leading otherwise responsible drivers into "horrific" accidents, a safety campaigner has said.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend explained:

We're living in an age when being constantly connected is the norm. More and more of us have smartphones, and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute.

While there are enormous benefits to this new technology, it's also posing dangerous temptations to drivers to divert their concentration away from the critical task at hand, often putting our most vulnerable road users in danger.

Many people who wouldn't dream of drink-driving are succumbing to using their phone and other distractions while driving, oblivious that the effect can be similar and the consequences just as horrific.

– Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend

Police forces across the region start clampdown on handheld mobile phone use in cars

Woman on phone in car (posed by model)
Woman on phone in car (posed by model) Credit: PA

Police officers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Northamptonshire are among those across the country who are taking part in a campaign to tackle drivers who use handheld mobile phones while driving.

According to the motoring safety charity Brake, 80,000 drivers in East Anglia have points on their licence for being distracted while driving by mobile phone use or other distractions