Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Crackdown on mobile phone drivers

Motorist using mobile phone whilst driving

Isle of Man Police have launched a new campaign to crack down on drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel.

The project is a joint initiative between the Manx government and the island's road safety team.

A government spokesman said in 2011 the offence contributed to 39 accidents on Isle of Man roads.

Minister David Cretney said: "We all see examples on a daily basis of persons driving whilst using a mobile phone."

He added: "Our message here is that this is not a safe thing to do."

The police are advising motorists to turn their phones off before getting behind the wheel or have a hands-free kit fitted.

Anyone prosecuted for using a mobile phone whilst driving can expect a maximum fine of £1,000.

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