Police forces across Wales are today launching a dedicated campaign to target drivers who use their mobile phone behind the wheel.

Using a mobile while operating a vehicle can cause distraction, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Tackling this issue is a priority across Wales.

The four Welsh police forces supported by the Safety Camera Partnership, Go Safe will undertake activity led by South Wales Police to educate and prevent drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk by using a mobile phone whilst driving.

During the last All Wales Mobile Phone campaign coordinated by Gwent Police in November 2016, 199 drivers were stopped and found to be breaking the law.

T/Superintendent Martyn Stone, South Wales Police, said:

“In recent years, the number of drivers prosecuted for using their mobile phone behind the wheel has increased. By using your phone whilst driving, you are more likely to be distracted, potentially resulting in a road related accident.

“Increasing numbers of drivers are choosing to use their phone whilst driving to call, text or even check social media. It is against the law to operate a vehicle whilst using a mobile phone, the message is very clear, it’s not worth it.”

Comments (23)

  • Michelle A F Urquhart

    Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police
    I hope you do catch drivers who are using their mobile phones whilst driving , ie school runs, even after also evenings even early hours . Wish there were many more of you about because unfortunately you cannot catch them all. We have seen many around Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Carmarthen and so on and unfortunately there have not been any police present to catch them.

  • Dionne O'Brien

    Fantastic !!! I hope you catch 100’s of people today . I can not believe what I see driving to work with people holding mobiles !!

  • Hannah Biden

    I saw somebody recently on the school run driving while on the phone. She was driving a nursery vehicle full of kids! I don’t think people realise how dangerous this can be not just to themselves but other people too.

  • Lisa Foster Edwards

    We almost had accident orther day we slamed on and the orther driver diddnt see us because they was on there phone dont use ur phone while driving simple

  • Kerry M Howells

    Every day I see people whose eyes barely look up as they’re checking their phones or texting. I don’t think they realise how far they travel in 15 or 20 seconds of not looking. It’s a pity they don’t lose their licences for a significant period when they’re caught. I genuinely believe it should be an instant ban.

  • Lindsey Collett

    The punishments need to be harsher for driving using a phone. Its totally selfish to use one whilst driving. Nothing is that important. I was almost hit by a lorry a few months ago that drifted onto the wrong side of the road because he was texting, luckily he swerved just in time. I was 8 months pregnant at the time so he would have killed me and my baby. Was a text that important?!

  • Helen Jones

    The new iOS update for iPhones has a feature which recognises you are in the car and will switch off all notifications whilst you are driving and sends automatic text reply saying you are driving – no excuse for being in your mobile now

  • Heidi Norton

    Young inexperienced female drivers are the worst, frightening!

  • Josi Newton

    I see lots everyday, it seems nothing is being done down here.

  • Cary Hughes

    I’d send you my dashcam footage, but I doubt you’d do anything with it.

  • Audrey Thomas

    I only see HGV vehicles and Van drivers using mobile phones!

  • Vanessa Davies

    Nothing seems to be a deterrent,if anything it’s on the increase!!

  • Barbara Jackson

    Easy answer get an hands free or blue tooth

  • Graham Cox

    Glad to see at least one police force conducting positive action against the war on mobile phone users go smash them boys

  • Anna Evans

    James Etheridge!!

  • Siriol James

    Just like they were targeting the middle lane/fast lane hoggers on the roads !!!! That didn’t happen either ….

  • Mike Saunders

    I support the campaign but wonder why the police are exempt?

  • Tricia Thorne

    Brilliant idea. Rural roads are bad too!

  • Dave Thomas

    iOS 11 has a new ‘do not disturb’ whilst driving function which will turn on if you appear to be driving, preventing you from receiving any notifications whatsoever. Out of sight, out of mind. Upgrade for the feature of you haven’t already.

  • Rhian McLean

    I am always seeing people on their phones!!

  • Theresa Cobbold

    I had a Muppet on the phone in front of me and behind me at the traffic lights today I was mortified and scared tbh.

  • Samantha H Murray-Evans

    Might be a good idea to apply this theory to your own officers in squad cars

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