Drivers reminded about new penalties for mobile phone use at the wheel

Two men have received court summonses following a fatal collision on the A2.

More than 20 motoring offences were detected by officers from :

Kent’s Roads Policing Unit on just one morning patrol this week.

Just as tougher new penalties come into force,

officers found 12 drivers using their mobile phones, four not in proper control of their vehicle and four driving at excess speed.

One driver was summonsed for using a mobile phone while driving; not using a seatbelt;

driving without insurance. He also had his vehicle seized.

One of the most memorable incidents witnessed by the officers happened on the M20 between junction 6-5 when they noticed a van swerving between the lane markings.

When they pulled alongside in their unmarked car they noticed a pet parrot walking along the top of the steering wheel with the driver appearing to talk to it.

The driver is now subject to a Traffic Offence Report.

Drivers caught using their mobile phones from Wednesday 1 March 2017 will be subject to a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

The tougher penalties have been introduced by the government to

strengthen the deterrent against using a mobile phone at the wheel.

 

Don’t Do It!

Roads Policing Chief Inspector Tony Dyer from Kent Police said:

‘We’re hoping to raise awareness of the new penalties and hope they act as a deterrent to drivers.

‘There is a lot more at stake than just a higher penalty

– you could kill or hurt an innocent person by checking a text or taking a call.

Don’t do it – and don’t let others take the risk either.’

 

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