Texting-while-driving offences: police to seize mobiles after crashes

As part of a police crackdown aimed at reducing the number of deaths caused by calling or texting while driving, drivers involved in crashes will have their mobile phones seized after crashes. Under the new guidance, issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers, officers will check the confiscated phones for evidence that the motorist broke the law by allowing themselves to be distracted by their handheld device. The phone checks will apply to any accident. Previously, such stringent checks were only made when a collision resulted in someone being killed or being seriously injured.

More than 500 people are thought to be killed or seriously injured every year because drivers were texting, emailing or posting on social media websites, leading to increasing pressure on the government to do more to stop drivers using phones at the wheel.

Motoring and safety organisations welcomed the change. ‘More systematic checking of drivers’ phone records after a crash would… send out a message that police are taking this matter seriously and people who flout the law will be caught,’ Prof Stephen Glaister from the RAC Foundation declared…

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