Two vehicles seized and 27 drivers during crackdown on mobile phone use

A road policing operation targeting North-east motorists using mobile phones at the wheel has resulted in 27 drivers being charged.

The two-day operation in Moray on Wednesday and yesterday saw road policing officers work alongside local policing teams.

Other motoring offences identified included vehicles being used without excise licences and defective tyres.

Two vehicles were also seized for being driven without insurance, while another was in such poor condition that it was prohibited.

Constable Dave Cooper, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This operation shows that despite the obvious dangers and increased penalties associated with using a mobile telephone when driving, some people persist in putting the safety of others and themselves at risk.

“It was especially worrying to see that the majority of these drivers were actually composing text messages or using various ‘apps’ on their phones and not even looking at the road. ”

Con Cooper added: “People who think they can use a mobile telephone and still devote the required level of attention to their driving are deluding themselves.

“Even a momentary lapse in concentration can result in someone being killed or seriously injured so please don’t take the risk.”

The current minimum penalty for using a mobile phone or device while driving is a fine of £200 and six penalty points.