British police are stepping up their game to catch drivers who use their mobile phones while driving.
It is illegal to use a mobile phone handset while driving a car or riding a motorcycle unless you have hands-free access, such as: a bluetooth headset, voice command or a dashboard holder.
The law also applies if you’re stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or supervising a learner driver.
A new law recently passed states that drivers who are caught using their mobile phones can be banned from driving or fined up to £1000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus) with six points on their license, and the police are going the extra mile to enforce this law.
A team of police officers have began using double-decker buses to spy on drivers, using the higher view point to their advantage and catch them in the act.
This sneaky new tactic has proven itself to be very effective resulting in over 130 motorist being caught in a single weekend in Plymouth.
PC Andy Llewellyn, of Devon and Cornwall Police has stated:
“The double-decker bus is great to catch people looking down on their laps using phones.
This is a great example of how we can maximise policing resources by working closely with partner organisations in the community.
Careless and inconsiderate driving is something that people may not recognise as a fatal factor.
In Plymouth and across the force area we are looking to address this and the other driving behaviours in the fatal five to improve road safety awareness.”
The new method of spying from above on a bus resulted in 39 motorists caught using a mobile phones, 53 motorists caught speeding, 36 motorists caught not wearing seat-belts, 3 cars being seized from their owners for having no insurance, and two arrests for drug driving.
The technique has been deemed a huge success and will be used again.