Greater Manchester Police commence clampdown on mobile phone use when driving

GMP have today an announced a huge clampdown on drivers who use a mobile device when driving.

The operation which starts today and will continue up until Christmas will see undercover officers target the regions busiest roads aims to catch and prosecute offenders as well as educating drivers.

It is reported that GMP’s Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said “No-one would think of getting into a car with someone who has been drinking alcohol in the driving seat so why would you put yourself at risk when someone uses a mobile. We can all make a difference by urging people to think about their actions,”

The current penalties for using a mobile phone when driving may result in a fixed penalty fine of £100 and 3 penalty points on your driving licence. However the case could go to court where you may be disqualified from driving and receive a fine of up to £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles face heavier penalties and could receive a maximum fine of £2,500.

Next year will see the penalties for using a mobile phone driving double with the fixed penalty fine increase to £200 and 6 penalty point are likely to lead to more drivers facing disqualification either through point totting or for new driver who can face disqualification for receiving 6 points within 2 years of passing their driving test.

It is also often the case that those accused of using a mobile phone while driving also face charges of driving without due care and attention or dangerous driving which means that the punishment is much more severe. Offences of dangerous driving are likely to lead to a custodial sentence.

The government's think campaign video is quite alarming but is clearly designed to shock people into understanding the dangers of using mobile devices when driving.


Studies show that drivers using a mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards. If you don’t believe it or are still convinced that you can concentrate fully when listening on a mobile phone when driving, then we would challenge you to play the game on the think.direct.gov website by clicking the link below.

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