Gloucestershire Constabulary will be on the lookout for drivers illegally using their phones behind the wheel.

The force’s Specialist Operations team will be using long range cameras and will be making roadside stops during the whole of next week.

Officers will be cracking down on drivers using their phone while behind the wheel, from Monday, February 15, to Sunday, February 21.

Advice will be given out to those who are stopped, as part of their ‘No Mobile at the Wheel campaign’.

Superintendent Paul Keasey from Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “Officers from our Roads Policing Unit, Special Constabulary, Local Policing Teams and Camera Monitoring Unit will be placing additional emphasis on monitoring road users and intervening where they see or suspect someone using a mobile phone while driving.

“Our presence and activity will clearly demonstrate our commitment to keeping people safe from harm on the county’s roads – that goes to the very heart of the Constabulary’s mission.

“Many companies with delivery drivers are very responsible about ensuring their drivers do not use their phones whilst driving so this campaign is about reminding both drivers and their employers of the importance of this.”

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Nigel Lloyd-Jones, Priority Lead for Safe and Social Roads for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Mobile phone usage whilst driving, in any way, is unacceptable to the majority of people.

“A vital aspect of this campaign is a unified approach of the community and police to make it clear to a minority that this is a dangerous practice. Suggesting alternative strategies such as putting the device in the glove compartment, or having an app that blocks calls whilst driving could be life savers.

“Many companies are very responsible about ensuring their drivers do not use their phones whilst driving so this campaign is about reminding both drivers and their employers of the importance of this.

“We appreciate the support of businesses in highlighting this issue to their drivers, or their employees driving for work, in their health and safety policies and operational practices.”





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