Drivers warned about mobiles

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Warning to motorists Photo: ITV Meridian

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.

Using a mobile phone while driving, even only for a second, is not only illegal, but puts you and others at an unacceptable risk. We're on patrol to deter drivers from taking those risks and catch anyone who chooses to flout the law."


– Inspector Jon Snook, Hampshire Police