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Surrey Police Crime Commissioner :"Using Your Mobile Behind The Wheel Is Socially Unacceptable"

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Surrey Police Crime Commissioner :"Using Your Mobile Behind The Wheel Is Socially Unacceptable"

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:01am 20th November 2016.

"Too often drivers in Surrey are gambling with their own and others safety"

That stark reminder about using mobiles at the wheel comes from the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Munro, has been speaking out in support of a national police crackdown on targeting drivers who continue to flout the law
He's saying the message isn't getting through quick enough despite recent high profile tragedies.

There's extra patrols in the county at the moment looking for offenders

New tougher penalties come into force next year but in the meantime the PCC says using your mobile at the wheel needs to be as socially unacceptable as drink driving.

A recent report conducted by the RAC, has seen a significant national rise (31%) of people admitting to using a mobile phone while driving. Tougher penalties brought in by new government legislation, due in 2017, are expected to tackle this issue by doubling fines & points of people who are caught using a phone at the wheel.

The OPCC and Surrey Police also want to educate road users on the consequences of these actions which can include banning the driver from the road or issuing the driver with a jail sentence.

PCC David Munro said: “This is something that none of us should take lightly and it is imperative that motorists understand that they will be prosecuted if caught using a phone at the wheel.

“Of course using a phone could result in a fine, but what about the worst case scenario? Using a mobile at the wheel endangers yourself and others and that momentary lapse in judgement or concentration can have fatal consequences as we have sadly seen in a number of recent cases.  

“Too many drivers, including here in Surrey, have become complacent and this is having a serious effect on the safety of all road users across the county.

“I want it to become commonly recognised that being distracted by a mobile phone whilst driving is socially unacceptable and can be as dangerous as drink-driving.

“Too often drivers gamble with their own and others safety and something must be done to change this behaviour – if you need to use your phone whilst driving, pull over.”