Following Monday’s 24-hour day of action cracking down on those who use their mobile phones whilst driving, a total of 20 drivers fell foul of the law and were issued with a conditional offer with a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence.
Sergeant Watson Fraser, based in Tayside Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: “The 20 drivers who were caught using their mobile phones suggest that an unacceptable proportion of drivers are still prepared to risk the safety of others as well as themselves. The consequences of a split second lapse in concentration can be devastating, but unfortunately this is what happens when a driver uses a phone whilst driving. The advice is clear, switch off before you drive off. No call can be that urgent that it’s worth risking death or serious injury.”
During the campaign, Tayside Police continued to target offences in relation to the wearing of seat belts and speeding. Eleven drivers were issued with Conditional Offers of Fixed Penalty in relation to seat belt offences and over 40 drivers were detected speeding.
Sergeant Fraser added: “Wearing a seat belt significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision. It should be second nature to put on your seat belt before driving off and we would encourage all drivers to do so.
“Any road traffic legislation which is designed to improve road safety is there for the benefit of all road users and mobile phone legislation is no exception.
“Although this particular campaign has passed, Tayside Police will continue to be pro-active in respect of road safety providing education and enforcement where appropriate.”