Offenders can be issued with a £200 fine and six points on their licence. If a driver has only passed their test in the last 2 years this could see their licence revoked.
Aside from the punishments using your phone whilst driving also endangers those around you.
There is a national week-long campaign on the issue which is aiming to clamp down on the offence.
In Staffordshire, the police will be mixing up enforcement activity on popular routes with events to educate the public. The aim is to show the dangers of using your phone whilst driving.
Local policing teams will be focusing their efforts on catching drivers who flout this law. Specialist teams will be targeting road traffic collision hotspots and local schools/colleges.
Police officers, alongside the Fire and Rescue Service, will be at Keele University today demonstrating their virtual reality car.
The simulation will give students and staff a very realistic demonstration of how quick and easy it is for a hazard to appear when you are not concentrating on the road ahead.
Finally, alongside partners like the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the police will be sharing a variety of prevention and deterrence messages across social media throughout the week to try and educate road users.
Inspector Sion Hathaway, from the Central Motorway Police Group, said:
“The public must understand how dangerous something as simple as looking at your phone can be. We know where to look and we will be making random deployments across the road network to catch those using their phone whilst driving.“In previous campaigns, we’ve found 80% of offenders were male and 72% of all motorists who committed an offence were over 35. However, we will have officers everywhere, so regardless of age or gender, don’t think you will be safe to read a text if you’re on the road.”
Using a mobile phone whilst driving has been illegal since 2003. Legislation introduced in 2017 means that drivers now receive six points and a £200 fine and new drivers (within the first two years of holding a full licence) will have their licence removed by the courts.
In 2017 over 1,000 drivers were caught using their mobile phone whilst driving in Staffordshire .