8th February 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

8th February 2019

Cops launch crackdown on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel

A crackdown on drivers using phones behind the wheel is to be launched. Mobile safety cameras will be in operation across the country in a week-long police campaign starting on Monday. Drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing seatbelts will also be targeted. The campaign comes as a Transport Scotland and Department of Transport survey of more than 14,000 drivers found mobile phone use has risen slightly, both in moving traffic and at traffic lights.


Concern over the time police officers spend at A&E

Concerns have been raised about the amount of time on duty police officers spend escorting patients to accident and emergency departments. New Police Scotland research shows a typical A&E visit can take up more than five hours of a police officer’s time. Pictures shared on social media show significant numbers of police vehicles parked outside hospitals across Scotland for hours at a time. Police unions have described the situation as “farcical”. David Hamilton, vice chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “Our members are telling us that they are now regularly left escorting people to hospital or waiting around because there is nobody else to do it.” Officers are called to A&E departments for a variety of reasons such as assessing people for custody, taking injured people for treatment and escorting people for mental health assessment.


Police to target Edinburgh drivers in week long crackdown

There will be a week-long crackdown on motorists in Edinburgh who speed, use their phone behind the wheel and don’t wear their seatbelts. Those who don’t comply with basic driving rules are being targeted by police during a new campaign running next week. Officers from the road policing division will be working with safety camera units to identify those who break the law – starting Monday (11 February). The start of this crackdown comes as it is revealed that there has been an increase in the number of people using their mobile phones while driving.


Police launch crackdown on drivers flouting basic rules

Police have vowed to catch drivers speeding, using phones and not wearing a seatbelt in a week-long campaign across Scotland. It comes after it was revealed hundreds of drivers are flouting the basic rules and people using their mobile phones on the road is on the rise. A UK Government report of road surveillance showed Scottish motorists are more likely to offend that drivers elsewhere in Britain. The statistics revealed 1.6% of people sampled on Scottish roads were caught using their phones, compared to 1% in the UK overall. Taxi drivers were the worst offender as a whopping 9.4% were caught using their phones north of the border, almost triple the 3.3% snared elsewhere.



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