Number of East Lancashire motorists fined for using mobiles halves

Blackburn Citizen: Number of East Lancashire motorists fined for using mobiles halves Number of East Lancashire motorists fined for using mobiles halves

THE number of motorists in East Lancashire fined for using their mobile phone behind the wheel has plummeted, according to new figures.

Police in the Eastern and Pennine divisions, which cover the area between them, handed out fixed penalty notices to just 1,145 motorists last year. That’s almost half the 2,185 who were caught using their phone illegally in 2010/11, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed.

In Pennine, which covers Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, the number of fines dropped from 1,132 fines in 2010/12 to 564 in 2012/13, and in Eastern, which covers Blackburn, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley, the number of fines went down from 1,053 to 581.

Drivers or motorcyclists caught using a mobile phone get an automatic fixed penalty notice with three points and a fine. Although the number of penalty points handed out to offenders has remained at three since 2003, the fine has increased and now stands at £100.

Almost 6,000 people in East Lancashire have been penalised since the law was introduced in 2003.

Hyndburn and Haslingden Labour MP Graham Jones said: “Until we see the man hours allocated to traffic policing then it’s difficult to say exactly why these figures are significantly down.

“My own feeling is that the number of hours for traffic police has been reduced and I would suspect more people are getting away with it.”

But Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said the decrease in fines was was down to the police messages getting through to motorists.

He said: “The figures indicate that there are still a significant number of people being stopped and fined for their illegal use of mobile phones whilst driving in Lancashire. This is a concern because of the threat that this poses, not just to themselves, but to other road users and pedestrians.

“That the figures have shown a steady decrease is however pleasing. It demonstrates that the message is gradually getting across to motorists that such behaviour is not acceptable.

“Ensuring the safety of Lancashire road users will continue to remain a high priority and I will do everything I can to ensure that we have to ensure we have sufficient resources to implement enforcement where necessary.”

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10:41am Mon 21 Apr 14

burner says...

. . " it’s difficult to say exactly why these figures are significantly down "
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Not really, it's down to technology. More advanced phones with the right connectivity plus more new cars with compatible technology is a factor. Don't need to hold a phone nowadays . . . unless it's a taxi !!!
. . " it’s difficult to say exactly why these figures are significantly down " . Not really, it's down to technology. More advanced phones with the right connectivity plus more new cars with compatible technology is a factor. Don't need to hold a phone nowadays . . . unless it's a taxi !!! burner
  • Score: 10

11:06am Mon 21 Apr 14

HarryBosch says...

Much as it pains me to agree with anything a politician says I would tend to agree with Graham Jones, that it is most likely to be down to the reduced man hours of traffic officers. I say this because EVERY time I drive out I ALWAYS see motorists using mobile phones. Yet very rarely do I see a traffic police car.
Much as it pains me to agree with anything a politician says I would tend to agree with Graham Jones, that it is most likely to be down to the reduced man hours of traffic officers. I say this because EVERY time I drive out I ALWAYS see motorists using mobile phones. Yet very rarely do I see a traffic police car. HarryBosch
  • Score: 27

11:12am Mon 21 Apr 14

frank says...

"But Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said the decrease in fines was was down to the police messages getting through to motorists."

hardly, i saw 6 this morning and that was on one stretch of road in great harwood.
the moon's made of green cheese as well isn't it?
"But Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said the decrease in fines was was down to the police messages getting through to motorists." hardly, i saw 6 this morning and that was on one stretch of road in great harwood. the moon's made of green cheese as well isn't it? frank
  • Score: 21

11:32am Mon 21 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

I agree with the comments above. I still see lots of people using hand held mobile phones when driving. But traffic police have become as common hen's teeth. More people are getting away with using their mobile when driving because we have fewer police.
I agree with the comments above. I still see lots of people using hand held mobile phones when driving. But traffic police have become as common hen's teeth. More people are getting away with using their mobile when driving because we have fewer police. Excluded again
  • Score: 23

11:40am Mon 21 Apr 14

Izanears says...

I would suggest that Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw comes and stands with me on the A6068 in Barrowford. The number of fines would quadruple.
I would suggest that Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw comes and stands with me on the A6068 in Barrowford. The number of fines would quadruple. Izanears
  • Score: 22

11:44am Mon 21 Apr 14

Primus622 says...

Watch out for some new revenue raising scam.....
Watch out for some new revenue raising scam..... Primus622
  • Score: 10

11:50am Mon 21 Apr 14

TONY WALES says...

Not looking very hard are they?
Every time I drive on any roads in East Lancashire I see drivers using a phone, and driving with one hand on the steering wheel
Not looking very hard are they? Every time I drive on any roads in East Lancashire I see drivers using a phone, and driving with one hand on the steering wheel TONY WALES
  • Score: 24

12:15pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Interocitor says...

Clive Grunshaw is talking utter nonsense. He must go round with his eyes closed.
Clive Grunshaw is talking utter nonsense. He must go round with his eyes closed. Interocitor
  • Score: 19

1:02pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Rishtonian says...

I could catch at least 50 a day myself
I could catch at least 50 a day myself Rishtonian
  • Score: 18

1:11pm Mon 21 Apr 14

shytalk says...

Do the police in Clitheroe have white sticks?
Do the police in Clitheroe have white sticks? shytalk
  • Score: 12

1:15pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Benpupdog says...

Maybe the police are only looking with one eye !!!
Maybe the police are only looking with one eye !!! Benpupdog
  • Score: 12

1:42pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

burner wrote:
. . " it’s difficult to say exactly why these figures are significantly down "
.
Not really, it's down to technology. More advanced phones with the right connectivity plus more new cars with compatible technology is a factor. Don't need to hold a phone nowadays . . . unless it's a taxi !!!
Normal they need to order their kebabs on the go don't they ? Lol
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . " it’s difficult to say exactly why these figures are significantly down " . Not really, it's down to technology. More advanced phones with the right connectivity plus more new cars with compatible technology is a factor. Don't need to hold a phone nowadays . . . unless it's a taxi !!![/p][/quote]Normal they need to order their kebabs on the go don't they ? Lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

3:50pm Mon 21 Apr 14

maxcollie says...

The police are not working hard enough. They obviously don't see them that I do .Even on the school runs.
The police are not working hard enough. They obviously don't see them that I do .Even on the school runs. maxcollie
  • Score: 9

6:58pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

I saw a driver using mobile phone and eating a sandwich, the police was in front of my vehicle they couldn't care less.
I saw a driver using mobile phone and eating a sandwich, the police was in front of my vehicle they couldn't care less. ikap22
  • Score: 8

9:48pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Primus622 says...

ikap22 wrote:
I saw a driver using mobile phone and eating a sandwich, the police was in front of my vehicle they couldn't care less.
Now that is downright dangerous...it only leaves one hand free to steer,change gear and open a bottle of strong white cider........
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: I saw a driver using mobile phone and eating a sandwich, the police was in front of my vehicle they couldn't care less.[/p][/quote]Now that is downright dangerous...it only leaves one hand free to steer,change gear and open a bottle of strong white cider........ Primus622
  • Score: 6

10:52pm Mon 21 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

You're a delusional idiot, Grunshaw. Stop treating us with such contempt.
You're a delusional idiot, Grunshaw. Stop treating us with such contempt. happycyclist
  • Score: 6

9:50am Tue 22 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Benpupdog wrote:
Maybe the police are only looking with one eye !!!
Can't be they got Straw having his Banana
[quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: Maybe the police are only looking with one eye !!![/p][/quote]Can't be they got Straw having his Banana ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

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