Motorists are being reminded of their responsibility to drive without distractions as Kent Police supports a week-long National Police Chiefs’ Council road safety campaign.

Between Monday 21 and Sunday 27 February 2022, roads policing officers will be targeting drivers using a handset at the wheel when they should be paying attention to the road.

In addition to distracted motorists, road checks will be conducted where anyone committing a motoring offence will be dealt with accordingly.

Using a phone whilst driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ contributing factors to fatal and serious injury collisions – the others being speeding, failing to wear a seat belt and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Chief Inspector Craig West of Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: ‘The consequences of using a phone at the wheel can be absolutely devastating and any life lost on the road is an unnecessary and avoidable tragedy. This action is not about quick tickets, revenue generation or picking on drivers – it is about stopping people being killed on our road network.

‘Glancing at a phone when driving, even for a second, could have serious consequences. I urge all motorists to take responsibility for their actions and play their part by concentrating and setting their phone to ‘do not disturb’ mode.’

By Ed

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