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Drivers using mobiles the target of police crackdown
6:08pm Monday 7th January 2013 in News
UNMARKED police cars are being stationed in St Helens as part of a crackdown on drivers using mobile phones.
The campaign comes after it was revealed 4,776 people were fined for the offence on Merseyside’s roads last year (January to November 30, 2012).
Traffic police will also be targeting drivers for failing to wear seat belts after 6,359 motorists were handed fixed notice penalties in 2012.
Throughout January officers will be located at various spots in St Helens as they fire out warnings that both offences can contribute to serious road traffic collisions.
Sergeant Paul Mountford said: "This week will see more cars on our roads as people return to work and children go back to school and I appeal to drivers to be aware of your responsibilities on the roads.
"A lack of concentration because you are using your mobile phone can have severe consequences for yourself and others and by simply spending two to three seconds putting on a seat belt you greatly reduce the risk of serious injury if involved in a crash.
"During January we are adopting a zero tolerance approach and will be targeting hot spot areas to crackdown on drivers committing these type of offences.
“Our officers will be on the roads in unmarked cars so I urge you to drive responsibly."
Anyone found using a mobile phone while driving or not wearing their seatbelt is liable for a £60 fine and three penalty points.
If a driver is found to have been using a mobile phone at the time of a collision they could be charged with dangerous driving.