The Mobile Phone Campaign, will run until Sunday 27th February, coinciding with a nationwide #StandingUpForHangingUp campaign led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
The aim of the campaign is to change the behaviour of drivers and highlight the consequences of using a mobile phone whilst driving. This does not only refer to those making calls, but also those who may be checking texts, emails or those scrolling through social media.
As part of the campaign officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team and Road Casualty Reduction Team will be carrying-out extra patrols using both marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles, all fitted with cameras to obtain evidence to help ensure successful prosecutions.
Drivers committing this offence will automatically receive six points on their driving licence and a £200 fine. For new drivers (those driving for less than two years) they could have their licence taken off them.
Motorists can also be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention for using their phone when behind the wheel, particularly if caught filming, watching videos or taking pictures for example.
Between February 2021 and January 2022 Suffolk Police issued 125 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) to motorists caught using a mobile phone whilst driving.
Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, Head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “Driving whilst using a mobile is extremely dangerous and one of the four main contributory factors of fatal or serious collision. Others include not wearing a seatbelt, speeding or drink or drug driving.