Motorists who still use a mobile phone while driving have come under fire from police in the south-west.
Inspector Richard Pryce of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary’s road policing unit said that drivers who continue to flout the law by using a handset while controlling their vehicle are “arrogant” and “complacent”, the Cornishman reports.
The constabulary recently undertook a campaign to crack down on such drivers in the region, with 72 of the 394 tickets issued being for use of a mobile phone while moving on the road. However, a number of motorists are still carrying on with the illegal practice – potentially endangering their motor trade insurance premiums in the process.
“Using a mobile while driving is not a mistake; it’s a conscious decision,” Inspector Pryce remarked.
“Picking up the phone to make a call is not inadvertent and it is unacceptable. It is complacency and this is what we are trying to bring home.”
Earlier this month, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary teamed up with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Devon county council, Torbay council, South Western Ambulance Service, the Torbay Care Trust and sixth form teachers to educate young drivers of the importance of safe motoring.