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PCC joins police in clampdown on drivers using mobile phones


POLICE and crime commissioner David Keane has been out with officers from Cheshire police to warn people of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.
The Warrington-based police chief joined officers from the roads and crime unit social media.
It followed a rise in the number of fatal collisions in Cheshire – with twice the number of people dying on the county’s roads in last year compared to the previous year.
Mr Keane said: “Using a mobile phone while driving is one of the main contributory factors in a fatal collision and drivers using their phone behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision.
“But we still continue to see drivers across Cheshire make reckless decisions when they are well aware of the dangers and know they are breaking the law.
“Checking a text message or scrolling through social media is not worth the loss of someone’s life and the heartache that their families suffer from the loss of a loved one.
“It’s important that police and partners work together to make our roads safer and reduce the number of drivers that choose to drive recklessly.”
Motorists caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel can face a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence. Drivers drivers under the age of 21, could automatically lose their licence.


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