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Over 1,000 drivers caught using mobile at the wheel

The offences were recorded during a two week crackdown by Welsh police forces. Credit: PA

More than 1,000 motorists were caught using their mobile phones while driving in Wales last month.

The offences were recorded during a two week crackdown campaign aimed at raising awareness among motorists about the real dangers involved when phoning or texting at the wheel. Officers detected a total of 1,095 mobile phone driving offences.

South Wales Police issued 91 fixed penalty notices, while in the Gwent area a total of 47 notices were issued to law-breakers.

In the Dyfed Powys force area 862 notices were given, while in North Wales a total of 95 offenders were caught and apprehended.

South Wales Police Roads Policing Inspector, Carwyn Evans, said "Using a mobile phone behind the wheel, whether it be texting, using an app, or making a phone call is classed as one of the "Fatal 5"; the five most common causes of fatal road traffic collisions."

37,000 drivers in Wales have points for using mobile phones

Distraction decreases reaction times in a similar way to drink-driving Credit: PA

37,000 Welsh drivers have points on their licence for using mobile phones and other devices whilst driving.

The road safety charity, 'Brake,' are today launching a campaign calling on drivers to 'tune in to road safety' and stop multitasking at the wheel.

Demonstrations in schools, universities and town centres across Wales and the rest of the UK, will highlight the dangers of driving whilst distracted.

70% of Welsh school children say they've been driven by a driver talking on the phone, and 73% have spotted drivers on mobile phones outside their school or homes.

It's been almost ten years since the use of hand-held mobiles at the wheel was banned.


Seatbelt campaigner: 'we can reduce road deaths'

This year’s campaign is backed by Angie Smith, whose sixteen year old son Kyle was killed in a car crash in 2005. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The devastation in the years after is far worse than the initial shock that someone’s been killed. It totally takes over your life, to the point where you can’t move forward from that date.

“Kyle’s death was avoidable, and I can never alter that but I do hope that through education and continued re-enforcing of the rules we can reduce road deaths."