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Thursday, 13 September 2012

"Island Idiots To Be Discouraged"

430 people caught on phone whilst driving

A campaign to discourage people from using mobile phones while driving isn't working in Jersey - so far this year 430 have been caught by police.

Using the phone while driving is also common elsewhere. A recent UK survey shows that two in five drivers use their mobiles whilst at the wheel.

This year Jersey police launched Operation Road Runner to clampdown on the biggest causes of injuries and death on the roads - speeding; drink driving; using a mobile phone; and not wearing a seatbelt.

Officers says they are disappointed to have caught hundreds of people committing each of the offences.

Chief Inspector John Sculthorp, mastermind of Operation Road Runner, said: "Although this a UK survey we are experiencing the same poor attitude to road safety here in Jersey.

"It should be obvious that drivers should be concentrating on driving, rather than making telephone calls, or perhaps worse texting whilst driving. As much as people may love their smart phones, it is just not smart to talk, text or tweet on the move."

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