Police warn rubbernecking drivers not to use mobile phones

Police are warning motorists not to use mobile phones while behind the wheel.
Police are warning motorists not to use mobile phones while behind the wheel.
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Rubbernecking drivers filming road accidents on their mobiles have prompted a warning from police.

It follows a number of incidents recently where officers attending serious collisions have witnessed motorists driving past filming the scene.

Police are reminding those responsible that their registration details will be noted and follow-up action against them taken. This will ultimately be a fine but they could end up in court.

Motor Patrols Sergeant Lee Butler said: “We are seeing a worrying number of people driving past the scene of a collision with their arm out of the window filming the incident and I want to remind them that it is illegal for them to use their mobile phone while they are driving.

“We don’t think it’s in particularly good taste but we do recognise it is not illegal for passengers to film as they are driven past - but it is causing us great concern when it is those who are driving who are filming. Not only are they breaking the law they are increasing the chances of causing a further collision.

“Traffic may be slower as it passes the scene of a collision so drivers may mistakenly think they’re still in full control of the vehicle but this is not the case. Unfortunately, only too often police see the very tragic consequences of motorists not being in full control of the vehicle and our priority is to raise awareness of these dangers to prevent further lives being affected.”

Sgt Butler reiterated police will take action against drivers found using their mobile phone while driving.

He added: “We will take enforcement action against motorists using their mobile phone to film collisions and drivers who are a caught can expect to receive a fixed penalty notice. If they are subsequently involved in a further collision we will look at whether their actions were responsible or contributed to the collision and they could find they are arrested for inconsiderate or dangerous driving.”