New crackdown on car phone use

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LOCAL police are warning motorists of the perils of phoning at the wheel as they launch a month-long crackdown.

Throughout January road policing officers across Lancashire will be carrying out enforcement as well as visiting colleges and universities to warn of the dangers of taking a call or texting while driving.

Road Policing Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “The consequences of driving whilst using a mobile phone can be catastrophic. It diverts attention away from the road and increases the chances of being involved in a road traffic collision.

“We take action against those who use mobile phones whilst driving throughout the year but the concentrated activity taking place this month sets out to let motorists know that this behaviour will simply not be tolerated.”

In 2012, 5,052 drivers in Lancashire were caught by police using a mobile phone whilst driving. Motorists who use a mobile phone whilst driving can receive a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence or they may be dealt with at court.