Police in mobile phone crackdown

Motorists in Scotland are being targeted in a one-day crackdown highlighting the dangers of using hand-held mobile phones while driving.

Police taking part in the 24-hour Mobile Phone Day of Action are reminding drivers they face a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence if they are caught. And drivers of buses, coaches and goods vehicles could face disqualification and a fine of up to £2,500.

Eight police forces are taking part in the crackdown, which has been co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) and runs until 7am on Thursday.

Acpos figures show that people using hand-held mobile phones while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a road crash, and even those using hands-free phones can be pulled over by police for erratic driving.

Chief Supt Mike McCormick, of the Acpos Road Policing Business Area, said: "You can be stopped by police even if you are using a hands-free phone if your driving performance is impaired by using a mobile phone in any way that creates an accident risk, and you will be stopped.

"Under new UK road traffic safety laws, you will go to prison if someone is killed."

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