West Midlands drivers were today being reminded that it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving and from the 27 February the penalties are going up
Chief Inspector Cliff Grainger from Chase division, Staffordshire Police re-inforced the need for the new legislation.
Tests have shown a driver cannot help being distracted by a phone call or text message. If you are distracted, you will not register hazards or react quickly. It doesn't matter whether if it is hands-free phone or a hand-held one.
From the 27 February the new legislation will automatically mean a £60.00 fine and 3 points on your licence.
The message is clear - Mobile phones and driving don't mix.
Also at the launch, Nick Lloyd, Road Safety Officer for Staffordshire County Council added:
It is important to recognise that when you are behind the wheel you need to apply all your concentration to driving.
It is hard to do two things at once.
Research has shown that if you are using your mobile phone while driving you are four times more likely to have a crash.
Reaction times for drivers using a hand-held phone were 30% worse than for driving while drunk.
It is because of the safety reasons that we wholeheartedly support this campaign.