South Yorkshire Police join national campaign to crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

Stock photo credit Intel Free Press
Stock photo credit Intel Free Press

South Yorkshire police have put out extra patrols across Sheffield this week to catch drivers using mobile phones while driving.

The move is part of a country-wide campaign led by the National Police Chief's Council.

The campaign comes a month after a lorry driver was jailed for ten years for killing a mother and three children on the A34 in Berkshire.

He had been using his phone when he drove into stationary traffic.

Operations include dedicated patrols by officers using unmarked vans, helmet cams, high-seated vehicles and high vantage points to catch offenders.

Police officers and paramedics will also embark upon combined shifts to educate people on the risks.

Forces across the country are also using variable message signs on prime commuter routes to display ‘Leave your Phone alone’ messages, pilot schemes with community spotters to target repeat offenders and social media videos and messages to warn and inform.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: “When you’re getting in your car, remember, don’t put others at risk - keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.”


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