Did you know that using a mobile phone at the wheel makes drivers four times more likely to have a crash?
It seems motorists across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester are unaware of the dangers of talking on the phone while driving, with 3,875 people racking up more than 12,500 points between them for the offence.
With each prosecution setting offenders back by £100, motorists across these regions have collectively forked out a whopping £400,000 in fines.
‘As bad as drink-driving’
Road charity Brake released the figures yesterday (18 November) to mark the start of Road Safety Week, which will focus on dangerous driving caused by mobile phone use in cars.
Brake campaigns manager Laura Woods said: “Many people who wouldn’t dream of drink-driving are using their phone, oblivious that the effect can be similar and the consequences just as horrific.
“We’re calling on Welsh drivers to tune into road safety. Turn off your phone or put it in the boot, and never try to multi-task at the wheel.”
Areas with high concentrations of offenders
In Flintshire, the Deeside postcode area tops the list of prosecutions, with 572 drivers carrying points on their license for committing the offence.
Bagillt and Flint boasted the lowest figures for Flintshire, with 215 drivers receiving points.
The LL11 postcode region in Wrexham, covering the north west of the area, has the highest offence rate with 361 prosecutions, while Llangollen has the lowest numbers with just 58 offenders.
The figures also revealed that three out of every four people with points on their license for driving while using a mobile phone are men.
Transport Minister Edwina Hart AM said: “Too many motorists put themselves and others at risk by becoming distracted while at the wheel.
“I hope Brake’s efforts to raise awareness of this issue will help to prevent crashes and save lives in the future.”
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