Police launch campaign to deter mobile phone use when behind the wheel

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 September 2018

Avon and Somerset Constabulary launched the appeal today. 	Picture: Mark Atherton

Avon and Somerset Constabulary launched the appeal today. Picture: Mark Atherton

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A campaign launched today (Monday) aims to warn people about the consequences of using a mobile phone when driving in the South West.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary will run the campaign until Sunday alongside Gloucestershire and Wiltshire police.

Police Superintendent for Avon and Somerset, Andy Williams, said: “Mobile phone use continues to be a big concern we hear from the public.

“As part of this week of action we are encouraging drivers to use their ‘do not disturb’ driving mode on their smartphone to stop them from getting distracted.”

Up-to-date iPhone and Samsung mobiles offer the do not disturb mode, which stops incoming calls, texts and notifications from being received when driving.

People caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel can receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

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