Challenge drivers who are on the phone

Police are urging motorists to challenge drivers who are on the phone PIC: Neil Franklin
Police are urging motorists to challenge drivers who are on the phone PIC: Neil Franklin

Police are urging passengers to speak up if someone is using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Using a mobile phone while driving can have fatal consequences for anyone travelling in a vehicle involved in a crash.

This month, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit are out looking for motorists breaking the law as part of the latest Think! campaign.

Inspector Mark Rogers said: “When someone uses a mobile phone while driving, their reaction time becomes 50 percent slower and they are four times more likely to have a collision, therefore, they are putting themselves and anyone else in the vehicle at great risk.

“People would not get into a car being driven by someone over the alcohol limit and yet recent research has compared using a mobile phone at the wheel with drink driving.

“Passengers should not be worried or feel awkward about challenging a driver who breaks the law: it could save a life.”

Driving while using a phone is one of the ‘fatal four’ driving offences, along with speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and drink or drug driving.

Motorists are advised to turn their mobile phone off or lock it in the glove box.