100 caught driving and using mobiles in Gwent

MORE than 100 people in Gwent were caught driving while using their mobile phone last month.

Across Wales nearly 1,000 motorists were caught during the 2012 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving campaign.

The two-week campaign, involving road safety partners in Wales, aimed to raise awareness among motorists about the real dangers involved when drivers break the law through phoning or texting at the wheel.

In the Gwent area, 128 fixed penalty notices were issued, compared to 242 penalty notices given by South Wales Police and 454 by Dyfed Powys Police.

"Along with drink driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving carelessly, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, whether it texting, using an app, or making a phone call is classed as one of the five most common causes of fatal road traffic collisions," explained Lee Ford, Gwent Police Roads Policing Inspector.

"A slight lapse in concentration can have serious consequences and it is disappointing that 128 motorists in Gwent have broken the law and risked their own lives and the lives of others."

Councillor Richard Clark, member for community safety in Torfaen, said the dangers are too high to ignore.

"I hope campaigns such as this make more drivers, passengers and the Torfaen community more aware of the risks and consequences of using a mobile phone while driving," he said.

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10:15pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Dolieboy says...

I see around 20 a day so 100 in a month is not many to have been caught. Also about time they cracked down on middle lane cruisers, drivers who do not indicate and vehicles with defective lights.
I see around 20 a day so 100 in a month is not many to have been caught. Also about time they cracked down on middle lane cruisers, drivers who do not indicate and vehicles with defective lights. Dolieboy
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8:23am Wed 14 Nov 12

Marc2601 says...

Like Dolieboy says, its not many. I'm on the road a lot and I see loads of people using phones. 100 is not enough really to put people off using their phones. I see police cars totally ignoring it too. I've also seen police officers texting at traffic lights. Don't even start me on the middle lane issue and the rest of it, really annoys me. I know I'm not the best driver in the world but I do stick to the law as it's there for a reason.
Like Dolieboy says, its not many. I'm on the road a lot and I see loads of people using phones. 100 is not enough really to put people off using their phones. I see police cars totally ignoring it too. I've also seen police officers texting at traffic lights. Don't even start me on the middle lane issue and the rest of it, really annoys me. I know I'm not the best driver in the world but I do stick to the law as it's there for a reason. Marc2601
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11:02am Thu 22 Nov 12

Gwenter says...

Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO!
Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO! Gwenter
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