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Over 70 drivers found driving while using a mobile phone during traffic operation

Over 70 drivers found driving while using a mobile phone during traffic operation
A traffic operation held in Waltham Abbey saw over 400 points given to drivers that were using their mobile phone.
 
Officers from our Casualty Reduction Section held a dedicated operation on the A121 in Waltham Abbey on Thursday, October 19, to help to reduce those killed and seriously injured on our roads by using a combination of engagement and enforcement.
 
Throughout the operation, 71 drivers were found to be driving while using their mobile phone. Each driver was given six points and a fine. In total, 426 points were given throughout the operation for mobile phone offences.

A total of 104 drivers were dealt with for failing to wear a seatbelt while driving and one driver, a 37-year-old man from Enfield, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. He was released pending further enquires.
 
Six drivers were found to be driving without a valid MOT and four drivers were dealt with because the text on their number plates didn’t meet legal requirements.
 
Two drivers were found to be driving without valid insurance and had their cars seized under Section 165. A further two drivers were dealt with after their cars were found to be in a dangerous condition
 
Matt Hine, Operational Tasking Supervisor at the Casualty Reduction Section, said: “Throughout the operation the team had to stop a significant number of drivers who were using their phones at the wheel. The law around driving while using a mobile phone exists for a reason.
 
“For new drivers, if you are given six points during your first two years of passing your test, that’s your licence gone. Driving comes with responsibility and there is no excuse for taking risks that could see you seriously injuring or killing yourself and others.”

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