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Campaign targets people using phones while driving

A major campaign's underway across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire targeting those who use their mobile phone whilst driving.

More than 1500 people were caught on their phone while they were at the wheel across the three counties last year

“There are serious and sometimes fatal consequences of using your phone whilst behind the wheel. I would ask all drivers: is it really worth it? The answer is of course no so please turn your phone off, on do not disturb or put it where you won’t be distracted by it or be tempted to pick it up.”

– Sergeant Ian Manley
Campaign targets people using phones while driving Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 1,500 people were caught using their mobile phone across Beds, Cambs and Herts in 2018:

  • 371 in Bedfordshire
  • 483 in Cambridgeshire
  • 717 in Hertfordshire

81 per cent of those dealt with were men.

In Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, they were mainly aged between 22 and 36 years old, whilst in Hertfordshire the age band was 27 - 41 years old

“You are putting yourselves and other road users in serious danger if you use a mobile whilst driving. It takes just moments for a collision to occur if you are distracted so don’t be, just drive.”

– Sergeant Ian Manley
Campaign targets people using phones while driving Credit: ITV Anglia

If you’re caught using a phone whilst driving or riding you will get an automatic Fixed Penalty Notice which means six points on your licence and a fine of £200.

If you passed your driving test in the last two years, you’ll lose your licence.