GMP targets motorists who use a mobile phone while driving

This week sees national days of action targeting motorists who use a mobile phone while driving. Officers will be taking part in a number of operations across Greater Manchester from 10 – 16 July.

Greater Manchester Police is supporting a national week-long campaign to inform motorists of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving and the penalties for doing so.

Under the current legislation, introduced in March this year, motorists caught using a mobile while driving receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine. This is double the previous fines before the change in the law.

The legislation also means that new drivers caught using a mobile while driving, could have their licence revoked for a first offence under the New Driver Act.

Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, of the GMP Roads Policing, Travel Safe & Mounted Unit, said: “Unfortunately a small number of drivers continue to put lives at risk by using a mobile phone while driving. Their blatant disregard for the safety of fellow road users and pedestrians needs to be addressed”.

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