Mobile Phone Safety Campaign
Today, the Police in Wales have launched a social media campaign to remind drivers of the dangers of holding a mobile phone while driving, and to encourage the public to report offending drivers.
All four Police forces across Wales will be focussing on the main reasons people use their phones while driving: texting, calling, using sat nav, using social media, and listening to music. They will also be carrying out targeted operational activity, providing an increased police presence in each force from 16th to 29th March.
The aim of the campaign is to remind the public of the laws around mobile phone use while driving and to encourage the reporting of dangerous drivers. Even when stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic, drivers are breaking the law when using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel.
Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Andy Valentine said, “Increasing amounts of drivers are choosing to use their phone while driving to call, text or even check social media. It’s illegal to hold a mobile phone while driving. The message is very clear, it’s not worth it.”
If you suspect someone is driving while using their hand-held mobile phone, report it on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you have video or photographic evidence which has been obtained lawfully and safely you can submit it to the Police via Operation SNAP here.