As part of a national police campaign to clamp down on motorists using their mobiles whilst at the wheel, Sussex police are stepping up their efforts.
The week long campaign that began yesterday is designed to deter motorists and make them aware of the dangers of web surfing, calling or texting at the wheel.
The need for action comes after a recent survey conducted by the RAC found that 31% of motorists admitted to using a handheld device while driving – a 23% increase on 2014’s figures.
Sussex police officers are set to increase their efforts this week in identifying, educating and fining drivers they find using their mobiles at the wheel.
In a press statement released by Sussex police, Superintendent Chris Moon, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said:
“While it’s important that we educate motorists, the real lesson is to stop this dangerous habit once and for all, and to bring to justice those who put lives at risk”.
The punishment is currently a £100 fine. Refusal to pay this fine could lead to prosecution, a two year driving ban and a £1000 penalty.
Punishments are set to increase in 2017 under new government proposals which could double the initial fine to £200, add six points instead of three points on a license and potentially strip younger motorists of their license altogether if caught.
The campaign by Sussex police runs from Monday 14th November to Sunday 20th November.
For more information, visit the Sussex police website.