Drivers in Hampshire are being reminded using a mobile phone whilst driving is unacceptable. Between January and December 2011, more than five thousand and eight hundred people people were caught using a handheld device at the wheel in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Research shows you are four times more likely to crash if using a mobile phone while driving and your reaction times are around 50 per cent slower. Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text and a split second lapse in concentration could result in a crash. Officers from the Roads Policing unit are on patrol year-round to enforce the laws. Between January and December 2011, 5,802 people were caught using a handheld device while driving in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.