West Midlands Police crackdown on irresponsible motorists
Dangerous drivers who risk lives by using their mobile phone at
the wheel are being targeted by West Midlands Police.
The force will crackdown on distracted drivers as part of a
two-week operation starting today (Monday 15 April) to tackle
Traffic officers will be monitoring motorists on routes across
the region to stop anyone making calls, texting or watching videos
illegally rather than concentrating on the road.
The clampdown forms part of a two-week national campaign aimed
at highlighting the potentially fatal consequences of being
distracted while on the phone.
Officers are working alongside West Midlands Fire Service and
council road safety officers from the region to highlight the
dangers and educate motorists. This includes speaking to those in
stationary traffic and highlighting the potential consequences of
Anyone caught faces six penalty points and £200 fine following
tougher penalties which were introduced by the Government in
Studies have found driver reaction times when using a mobile
phone are 30 per cent slower than someone who is just above the
drink drive limit; and 50 per cent below normal driving
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
added: "While I was Transport Minister I introduced the ban on
using mobile phones whilst driving in 2003.
"Those who continue to use their mobile phones whilst driving
are a dangerous minority, but they put the lives of every road user
at risk. Motorists who use their mobile phone while driving are
four times more likely to crash. This campaign is about saving
"Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the 'fatal four'
offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously
injured in a collision; alongside speeding, drink/drug driving and
not wearing a seatbelt.
"It absolutely horrifies me when I see drivers on their phones
and sadly we see it all too often. "I am glad West Midlands Police
are taking part in this national campaign. It will help us stop
drivers who choose to endanger not only their life, but the lives
of other drivers and pedestrians."
Sgt Jon Butler, from WMP, said: "Let's be clear, driving while
distracted by using a mobile phone is completely irresponsible.
Just losing concentration for a few seconds can have devastating
consequences and result in lives being ruined forever.
"It is unbelievable people even consider texting and watching
footage on their phones while driving.
"Our priority is to keep the roads safe and this campaign will
aim to tackle those who flout the law and remind drivers it is
Members of the public are encouraged to submit dash-cam footage
illustrating such illegal behaviour via the online reporting portal
at west-midlands.police.uk website.