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Seven drivers fall foul of new mobile phone penalties

Posted on 1st March 2017

Seven drivers were this morning hit with £200 fines and six points on their licence, after being caught using their mobile phones while driving.

Our officers ran an operation at the Three Horseshoes pub on the Main Road through Morley, to mark the introduction of increased penalties for motorists who flout this law.

The checks started at about 9am and within 10 minutes, two drivers had been pulled over after being seen using their phones on a stretch of road leading past a primary school.

The first driver was within his first two years of qualification and will now have his full licence revoked, meaning he faces taking his test again, as well as drastically increased insurance premiums when he passes.

In total, three men and four women were stopped at the Morley check site – which was one of several we’ll be running over the coming days.

We’re also hitting the dual carriageways and M1 in an unmarked HGV to catch lorry drivers using their phones, as well as heading out in our own fleet of marked and unmarked vehicles.

In addition to the mobile phone checks, our officers were also on the lookout for other driving offences and several more motorists were stopped.

Among the offences were 16 drivers not wearing seatbelts, five cars having illegal tints that had to be ripped off at the scene, nine for speeding, and one for not being in proper control of the car.

Specialist vehicle examiners from VOSA were part of the operation, and they issued five PG9 prohibitions for cars or vans that were simply too dangerous to be on the roads.

Today’s operation was a joint effort between our roads policing officers, Ilkeston Rural and Cotmanhay and Shipley View Safer Neighbourhood teams, Special Constabulary volunteers, staff from the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST), and VOSA.

It’s all part of the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, and is aimed at keeping our roads safe and catching drivers committing offences that put themselves, other road users and pedestrians at serious risk.

And it doesn’t end today. We carry out these checks all year round up and down Derbyshire, and with unmarked motorbikes, cars and now an HGV at our disposal, we’re closing in on drivers who don’t obey the law.

So the message is simple: put your phone away, obey all the rules of the road, and you won’t have anything to worry about.

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