New technology launched today by Thames Valley Police will be able to automatically spot drivers in Bucks using mobile phones whilst driving.

Traffic officers will work deploying the device, developed by technology firm Westcotec, which can detect drivers that are using their mobile phones without a hands-free device.

The device will flash a mobile phone symbol if a driver is using their phone, reminding motorists of the distraction a mobile phone can cause whilst driving.

Thames Valley Police will be able to identify hotspots in which mobile phones are frequently being used by motorists. Officers will be stopping motorists who are caught at locations throughout the Thames Valley.

The Bucks Free Press launched a campaign last year aimed at highlighting the potentially devastating impact using a mobile phone can have whilst driving.

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Motorists caught using a mobile phone will get an automatic fixed penalty. As of March 2017, drivers receive six penalty points and a fine of £200.

Bucks Free Press:

In some cases, drivers will be summoned to court and could be disqualified from driving or riding and receive a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of HGV’s and buses can get a maximum fine of £2,500.

Roads Safety Officer PC Liz Johnson said: “Research shows us that you are four times more likely to crash if you are using a mobile phone whilst driving, reaction times are around 50% slower than a driver not using a mobile phone.

“It is also apparent that you are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision when texting compared with drink driving.

“In the Thames Valley since 2014 there have been 83 people killed or seriously injured as a result of drivers using their mobile phones. It is vital that people take notice and stop using their mobile phones whilst driving.”

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