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In the coming weeks, Derbyshire Police Roads Policing Unit will be taking part in a national campaign to crack down on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.

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Crackdown on drivers using phones at the wheel kicks off

by Amber Valley Info on Sunday 14 April 2019

In the coming weeks, Derbyshire Police Roads Policing Unit will be taking part in a national campaign to crack down on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.

They will be on the lookout in our own vehicles, carrying out roadside checks, and getting back on board an unmarked HGV to check on drivers using the motorway and dual carriageways across Derbyshire.

And for the first time, officers will be climbing on the bus so they can get a better view of motorists using their phones while driving through the city and towns.

Police will be filming drivers from the bus and HGV, and anyone we spot will have their details recorded and can expect a letter through the post detailing the prosecution.

They will also be asking drivers with dashcam devices to send them any footage they have of motorists using their phones while at the wheel.

"Anyone caught faces an immediate six point licence endorsement, a £200 fine, and could face driving bans and further prosecution. As a result, drivers can expect a hike in their insurance premiums at the very least.

"This campaign is just one part of our efforts to keep roads across Derbyshire safe for all road users. We do it all year round anyway - we're just having an increased focus on it for a few weeks."

"And rest assured, this operation features only a few of our officers. We'll still be tackling every other type of crime and protecting our communities, just as we do every other day of the year."

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