A POLICE crackdown on people using mobile phones while driving has been launched after figures revealed an average 43 people a day were caught committing the offence.
Hampshire officers clocked 15,952 motorists using their phones behind the wheel in the 12 months to April. Of those 12,280 offenders are men.
Now police from Thames Valley and Hampshire are targeting people who flout the law in a week-long operation.
As well as imposing penalties on those who break the law, police will also be educating drivers about the dangers.
Sergeant Rob Heard said: ‘Using a mobile phone whilst driving is extremely dangerous. You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone whilst driving. The reaction times for drivers is around 50 per cent slower than normal when using a phone.’
Those caught face three points and a fine of £100. If taken to court, offenders face a driving ban and a fine of up to £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.
You can use hands-free phones, sat navs and two-way radios when driving or riding.
But if police think you are distracted you could still get penalised.