All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign
Police forces across Wales have launched a dedicated campaign to target drivers who use their mobile phone behind the wheel.
Using a mobile whilst operating a vehicle causes distraction, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Tackling this issue is a priority across Wales.
The four Welsh police forces supported by GoSafe, the Safety Camera Partnership, will undertake activity led by South Wales Police to educate and prevent drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk.
During the last All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone campaign in November 2016, 431 drivers across Wales were stopped and found to be breaking the law.
Temporary Superintendent Martyn Stone, South Wales Police, said: “In recent years, the number of drivers prosecuted for using their mobile phone behind the wheel has increased. By using your phone whilst driving, you are more likely to be distracted, potentially resulting in a road related accident.
"Increasing numbers of drivers are choosing to use their phone whilst driving to call, text or even check social media. It is against the law to operate a vehicle whilst using a mobile phone, the message is very clear, it’s not worth it.”
Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch said: “Driving a vehicle requires full attention, anything above and beyond that needs to wait until we are safely parked up or until our journey has finished.
"Campaigns such as this demonstrate the resolve of all the Road Safety Wales partners in tackling this issue and we will continue to work together to drive home the message that you need to switch off before you drive off."