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As of March 1 2017, fines and points issued to motorists caught using their mobile phone whilst driving will double.

Cheshire Police is joining a national operation beginning today January 23, clamping down on motorists who drive while using their mobile phones.

Under new legislation set to come into force in March the penalties for driving while using a mobile will double to a 200 pound fine and six points on your license.

Nationally, across 36 forces more than 40 drivers were caught every hour in a similar week long operation in November.

Inspector Steve Griffiths, from the Cheshire’s Roads Policing Team, said,As a senior investigator, I have dealt with many serious and fatal collisions, and in recent years I’ve found that increasingly more of these incidents have involved mobile phones.

“Motorists are four times more likely to crash if using a mobile phone while driving. Using a handheld mobile device can make drivers less aware of what is happening on the road – they could fail to see road signs, react more slowly and take longer to brake.

“It is vital that we educate motorists on the dangers of driving while using a handheld mobile device, and the impact this new legislation will have on those who continue to flout the law.”

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane said, “Driving distracted should be seen as socially unacceptable as drink driving and road safety is one of my policing priorities.

“I am really pleased to see the work that the roads policing team is undertaking to help make Cheshire’s roads safer.”

Younger drivers are being particularly targetted, with Police saying anyone caught within the first two years of having their licence risks losing it altogether.

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