Hartlepool motorists caught using their mobile phones while driving

The wheels of justice caught up with two motorists when they were spotted using their mobile phones while police were conducting a road safety campaign to protect cyclists.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 4:45 pm

Both now face further action after they were identified in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, by officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.

Operation Close Pass saw officers from the combined unit speak with drivers to provide them with advice when they passed a cyclist too closely.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Fortunately, officers found only two drivers passing too closely and they engaged with both drivers, who were happy to share the information passed with their family, friends and colleagues.“Separately, but during the operation, two drivers were seen using their mobile phones whilst driving.

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Two motorists face action after they were caught using their mobile phones in Hartlepool's Catcote Road.
Two motorists face action after they were caught using their mobile phones in Hartlepool's Catcote Road.

"One was issued with a fixed penalty and the other was reported for summons and will appear in court in due course. Both drivers were spoken to about the dangers of using mobile phones whilst driving.

“Officers also took the opportunity to engage with cyclists in relation to keep themselves safe whilst cycling, from wearing helmets to high-visibility clothing, road positioning, lighting and observation.

Inspector Jamie Bell added after the operation on April 14: “Road users are equally entitled to use the roads and as such everyone has a part to play in road safety, to look out for themselves and each other.

“We will continue to highlight road safety to all road users and where we can we will offer advice and education which would hopefully prove invaluable.”

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