Mobile phones behind the wheel

Some drivers say they’ll never stop. Stupidity. It causes more deaths than drink driving yet they’d “never do that”. 

Still flouting the law: Drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel despite tougher legislation coming into 

force this week 

A series of shocking photographs taken on the A338 in Bournemouth, Dorset, show motorists putting other drivers at risk by using their phones in moving vehicles. 

One van driver is seen puffing on a cigarette with one hand while holding a mobile in the other as he drives along a busy dual carriageway, seemingly not in control. 

The alarming images were taken along the A338 over the past week and are all of moving vehicles 

Clearly these drivers are unaware of, or are choosing to ignore, new tougher legislation coming into force where they risk six penalty points on their licences and a £200 fine 

The driver of a Ford Ka is caught using his mobile phone which he is holding with his left hand directly in front of him, blocking his view of the road ahead 

Last year in Britain, drivers distracted by their phone were a contributory factor in 440 accidents, including 22 which were fatal, Government figures showed 

A report published by the RAC in September 2016 revealed 31 per cent of drivers had admitted to using a mobile phone when driving, up from just 8 per cent in 2014 

Police hope the changes will have a significant impact motorists, particularly younger drivers, who risk having their licence revoked following a first offence 

Meanwhile another van driver is caught flicking through the pages of a book, possible a diary, when he should have been looking at the road. 

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s traffic department, said: ‘It has been illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving or riding a motorcycle since December 2003. 

‘However, many motorists still fail to see that it is not possible to use a phone and be in proper control of a vehicle. ‘Whatever the reason for using a mobile device when driving – texting, scanning a news feed or streaming video content – it can wait until your journey is over. 

‘Nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of
road users around you.’ 

A brazen Eddie Stobart driver was caught on camera allegedly using his mobile phone while behind the wheel at a busy junction. 

The driver, who was contracted by an agency rather than an employee of Eddie Stobart, can be seen apparently holding the mobile with his right hand as he manoeuvres the 44-tonne truck over a pedestrian crossing in heavy rain. The footage, thought to have been filmed in Newport, Wales, was uploaded to YouTube by a cyclist who was stunned as the lorry passed him whilst he waited at a junction. The video description reads: “Another professional driver using mobile phone while driving and then blocks junction with his trailer, no yellow box there so happens all the time. 

A spokesman for Eddie Stobart told “We take health and safety very seriously.
”All Eddie Stobart drivers are trained to the highest standards and we expect the same from any con- tracted agency drivers. 

Source: Mirror 

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