Police to seize mobiles from scenes of accidents

A new measure could see the police start seizing mobile phones as prosecution evidence following motor accidents. This comes in a bid to prevent the further use of illegal calling and texting while at the wheel of a vehicle.

Police chiefs believe the use of mobile phones can cause drivers to become distracted which is increasing the number of unnecessary accidents on our roads. According to recent statistics, around 500 people every year are killed or seriously injured due to drivers either texting or surfing the internt on their phones when driving. The move to seize mobile phones from vehicles has been welcomed by charities and pressure groups.

However others feel the measure could delay the removal of a hazard that a damaged vehicle provides to other motorists, in additon to a possible delay in notifying families of an accident, injury or death.

Hugh Bladon, of the Alliance of British Drivers, said: “‘I am 100 per cent against anyone texting while driving, and those caught deserve everything they get.

‘But I’m worried police could overdo it, just because someone is involved in a minor shunt, surely it shouldn’t mean they should lose their phone.

Ed Morrow, who is from road safety organisation Brake, said: “We are fully supportive of the efforts by the police to clamp down on mobile phone use at the wheel,’ he said. ‘Offenders need to know they will be caught, they will be prosecuted, and there will be serious consequences.’

Currently drivers caught driving and using their mobile phone receive a CU80 motor conviction which leads to three points on their licence and a £100 fine. However it may be that this is reviewed in light of some of the growing measures.
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