Sixteen caught behind the wheel using mobiles

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Sixteen motorists in Lincolnshire were caught driving while using their mobile phone during a week-long police campaign.

The campaign saw officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) targeting drivers using their mobiles between Wednesday, March 1 and Tuesday, March 7.

It was designed to highlight the introduction of tough new penalties for driving while using a mobile phone.

Drivers caught using a mobile will now receive six points on their driving licence and receive a £200 fine. These changes will have a significant impact on young drivers in particular as they risk having their driving licence revoked following a first offence. Motorists will no longer be offered the opportunity to go on a driver awareness course.

EMOpSS provides roads policing and collision investigation to the communities of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. It also provides armed policing response, firearms training and specialist search skills and dog support.

Chief Inspector Mark Garthwaite from EMOpSS said; “The numbers of people stopped are higher than an average week because we had specific operations and ‘Fatal4’ clinics running across the week.

“However, the changes to the legislation have been very well publicised and so there is no excuse for anyone to think it is acceptable to drive and use their mobile phone.

“Our officers will continue to stop motorists whose behaviour risks causing serious injury, or death, to themselves or others. As the Government’s THINK! campaign says, when you are driving make your glove compartment your phone compartment and remove the temptation to use or check your phone while driving.”