Motorists in Hampshire have been warned about using a mobile phone while at the wheel.
Hampshire Constabulary has reminded drivers that it is an offence to phone or text while driving, with fines and a rise in insurance cost being among the knock-on effects.
Using a handheld device also puts other road users in danger, as a motorist might take their eye off the road to read the screen or press a button.
Between January and December last year, more than 5,800 people were caught by police in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Inspector Jon Snook said: “Using a mobile phone while driving, even only for a second, is not only illegal, but puts you and others at an unacceptable risk. We’re on patrol to deter drivers from taking those risks and catch anyone who chooses to flout the law.”
Drivers should use a hands-free kit if they need to make phone calls while on the road, although it is still advised to pull over into a safe place in order to contact other people.
Posted by Verity Taylor
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