Police recruit community spotters to report drivers using mobile phones

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the NPCC roads policing lead, said: “Forces are coming together this week with innovative approaches to catching those driving when distracted and campaign to make drivers think twice about using their mobiles at the wheel.”Tackling mobile phone use by drivers requires police enforcement using new technology and tactics to maximise the numbers of people we can stop, combined with strong effective penalties and creative national campaigns to make driving distracted as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.”Despite the risks, drivers are increasingly using their phones at the wheel, statistics show.A survey carried out by the RAC this year found that 31 per cent of drivers admit using a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with eight per cent in 2014. Tackling mobile phone use by drivers requires police enforcement using new technology and tactics to maximise the numbers of people we can stopChief Constable Suzette Davenportcenter_img Members of the public are being asked to report drivers illegally using their mobile phones at the wheel.The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said a scheme using “community spotters” to target repeat offenders will be piloted during a week-long crackdown.Police will also use unmarked vans and helmet cameras in an attempt to curb the use of handheld phones at the wheel.An earlier week of action against motorists using their phones in May saw 2,323 offences detected, the NPCC said.last_img

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