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NO MOBILE WHEN MOBILE

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A new penalty for using a hand held mobile phone when driving was introduced yesterday.* The fine will be from£30 ...
A new penalty for using a hand held mobile phone when driving was introduced yesterday.* The fine will be from £30 to £2,500 - that's what you'll have to pay if you're caught using a mobile when mobile.

In an attempt to make all drivers in the county aware of the new regulations, Gloucestershire CC are placing large signs on major roads reminding drivers that they should not use their mobile phone when driving.

John Cordwell, portfolio holder for strategic planning and transport, said: 'The county council has already made information and advice on the new legislation available to all its staff. Claiming ignorance of the new legislation is not an excuse. We all have a responsibility to follow these rules and, I hope that these signs will spread the message to all drivers in the county that being distracted by a phone when driving kills.'

From 1 December, signs will be displayed at major road junctions in the county that experience a heavy flow of traffic.

Sergeant John Pickersgill, of Gloucestershire Constabulary's motorway policing unit, said: 'We have long recognised the dangers associated with using hand held mobile phones while driving and have until now been issuing fixed penalty tickets to people not in proper control of their vehicles due to the use of phones.

'However, the new legislation creates a specific offence of driving while using a hand held mobile phone and this will obviously give us greater grounds to take action and clamp down on this dangerous practice. We will be vigorously enforcing the new law when it takes effect.

'We will also continue to issue fixed penalty tickets to those not in control of their vehicles due to the use of hands free mobile phones or other devices.'

* CUT OFF TIME FOR HAND-HELD CALLS

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