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Alert message sent 09/04/2019 15:57:00

Information sent on behalf of Durham Constabulary

Do people who use their phone while driving drive you mad?

Despite the obvious dangers and potential for prosecution, we are STILL seeing drivers flouting the law and using their phones at the wheel, which is why we are cracking down on it as part of a week of action this week.

The campaign will be carried out by officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit to educate drivers and enforce the law where appropriate.

It is illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving - you must have hands-free access, like a windscreen mount or built-in sat nav - and it cannot block your view of the road.

You must also be in full control of your vehicle at all times. You can be stopped by police and prosecuted if they think you are not in control and are distracted.

The law applies even when you are stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

If caught using a hand-held phone, you could face six penalty points and a £200 fine.

Our message is simple - put the phone away while driving!

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Ruth Thompson (Police , Road Safety, Durham )

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