Norfolk police have your number if you use mobile phone at wheel

Lorne Green from Snettisham, who is standing for Police and Crime Commissioner.
Lorne Green from Snettisham, who is standing for Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCC Lorne Green

Roads policing officers from both counties will carry out extra patrols during the week-long enforcement campaign which started from Wednesday

– coinciding with a change in legislation.

Under new law, which comes into effect on Wednesday, drivers found committing this offence will now receive six points on their driving licence and a £200 fine.

The campaign, named locally as Operation Ringtone, will see additional patrols carried out until next Tuesday.

During the most recent campaign, held in January, 102 tickets were issued in Norfolk.

Driving while using a mobile phone is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision, alongside speeding, drink driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk roads plicing and firearms operations unit, said: “Using a mobile phone behind the wheel significantly increases your risk of being involved in a crash.

“If drivers are talking, texting or using the internet on their phones they are distracted from the job at hand and less aware of potential hazards.”

Chief Insp Barnard added: “These new changes will have a significant impact on young motorist offenders. If you get just six points in the first two years of passing your test, you will lose your licence.”

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, said: “Given the fact more than 100 people were caught driving while using a mobile phone in January’s clampdown it is clear a number of drivers are intent on breaking the law.

“While I fully support increased enforcement campaigns like this to target offenders and bring them to justice this is equally about social responsibility.

“Few people claim never to have seen someone texting or talking while driving.

“Put quite simply, dangerous driving kills and there is no excuse for it.”