Police want footage of Rotherham drivers using their phones while driving
The force and South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership are supporting a three-week education campaign from the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s campaign.
Statistics show drivers are four times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash if using a mobile behind the wheel.
Acting Insp Brandon Brown said penalties of £200 and six points might not deter some drivers — but the thought of killing or seriously injuring someone should.
He added: “We know that the majority of the public understand the consequences of people using their mobiles and are against drivers doing so.
“That’s why we encourage those who have dash-cam footage of drivers using their mobiles to submit it through our online portal, as together we can create safer roads.”
Using a hands-free device is not illegal — but prosecutions can be brought if it affects a motorist’s ability to drive safely.
Partnership manager Joanne Wehrle said: “Our message is simple: in the car, put your phone away. Use the glovebox, put it on silent or out of reach.”
Visit smartcontact.southyorkshire.police.uk to submit footage of motorists using phones while driving.