The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has reported that a new scheme to use “community spotters” to report drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel, will be used as a week long pilot strategy.
The idea of the strategy is to try and curb drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel and therefore, lessen the chances of an accident being caused by distracted driving.
The “community spotters” are only one of the strategies being employed as police are also using unmarked vehicles and helmet mounted cameras to catch offending motorists.
The NPCC also stated that a week of action in May detected some 2,323 mobile phone offences amongst motorists.
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 highly publicised risks associated with distracted driving, statistics have shown that drivers are increasingly using their phones behind the wheel.
A recent survey by the RAC showed that some 31% of drivers admitted to using a mobile phone whilst driving as compared with some 8% in 2014.
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