Police to Target Drivers Using Phones at the Wheel With 'Community Spotters'

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Attempts to crack down on drivers illegally using their phones at the wheel haven’t been anywhere near as effective as hoped, and the police are set to introduce new measures in order to catch offenders out.

The fuzz is going to trial ‘community spotters’ as part of a week-long trial across England and Wales, which will also see officers in unmarked vans, officers with helmet cameras and officers stationed at high vantage points used to sniff out lawbreakers.

A similar seven-day scheme back in May saw police detect 2,323 offences, according to the National Police Chiefs' Council.

“Forces are coming together this week with innovative approaches to catching those driving when distracted and campaign to make drivers think twice about using their mobiles at the wheel,” said Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the NPCC roads policing lead.

“Tackling mobile phone use by drivers requires police enforcement using new technology and tactics to maximise the numbers of people we can stop, combined with strong effective penalties and creative national campaigns to make driving distracted as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.”

The move follows government plans to double fines and points for using a mobile while driving. [BBC]