Crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

Photo by Jayne Wright. Texting on a mobile phone whilst driving. Text drive.
Photo by Jayne Wright. Texting on a mobile phone whilst driving. Text drive.
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NINE drivers were caught using mobile phones in north east Fife during a police crackdown.

An increased presence on the area’s roads between September 1 and October 6 led to more than 70 motorists being charged with various offences.

The initiative was in response to concerns raised at community engagement meetings across north east Fife — particularly about people using mobile phones while driving.

Community Sgt. Brian Poole, who co-ordinated the operation, said: “While the number of drivers actually detected for the offence of driving using a hand-held mobile device appears low, I am of the view that our increased presence and enforcement activity has played a part in encouraging appropriate driver behaviour and reduced the number of drivers engaging in this risk-taking activity.

“This initiative also allowed us to tackle other road safety issues and some notable results were achieved.

“During the month some 27 drivers were detected for speeding on north east Fife roads, including one individual who will be reported to the procurator fiscal for travelling at 58 mph in a 30 mph limit.”

Sgt. Poole added that six people were caught drink-driving during the crackdown, along with another six for driving without insurance, three for driving without a licence, 20 for not wearing a seatbelt and one for driving while disqualified.

Five motorists will be reported to the procurator fiscal for dangerous or careless driving.

The scheme was particularly focused on roads around schools and ended on October 6 with a ‘day of action’ in St Andrews and Cupar.

Sgt. Poole concluded: “While this particular initiative is now complete, we will continue to tackle inappropriate driver behaviour throughout north east Fife at every opportunity and will deal with risk-taking drivers as robustly as the law allows to ensure that our communities are as safe as they can be.”

North east Fifers can have their say on local priorities by attending the community engagement meetings in their area.

The next round of meetings begins early next month.

Details are available at www.fife.police.uk