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Mobile crackdown hailed a succcess
1:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
AN operation to target drivers illegally using hand held mobile phones resulted in 16 offenders being pulled over in just a few hours.
Somerset County Council’s road safety team joined forces with Avon and Somerset Police to highlight the dangers associated with the use of hand-held mobile devices whilst driving.
Officers spent several hours monitoring drivers on the A303 and the A3088 Cartgate link road near Yeovil.
Offenders were given the opportunity of attending an awareness session and 15 drivers opted for this while the 16th was issued with a fixed penalty ticket.
Terry Beale, Somerset road safety manager, said: “The aim of the operation was to spread the word that using a hand held mobile phone is both illegal and dangerous and to try to educate drivers against their use.
“Hopefully the message is being heard and people will realise the dangers they are putting themselves and others in.
“We are extremely grateful to our colleagues from Avon and Somerset Constabulary for their help and this shows what can be achieved when services work in partnership.”
Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet member with responsibility for Somerset road safety, said: “It is disappointing that so many motorists are still putting themselves and others at risk by using hand held phones while driving.
“Hopefully this operation will serve as a reminder to those caught and all of us that this dangerous practice is not acceptable on our roads.”
Sergeant Andy Parsons of Yeovil’s roads policing unit, said: “This operation was a great success and the educative message is hopefully getting out there. I want people to think before they pick up their mobile phone or receive a text message when driving.
“This event has gone really well and is an excellent example of partnership work between Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Somerset Road Safety.”