LOTHIAN and Borders Police are advising drivers to be on their guard following an increase in the number of people driving whilst using a mobile phone in the region.
During the past fortnight, Roads Policing officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols and also using unmarked police vehicles throughout the Borders, targeting those, who risk their lives and the lives of others by using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving.
Roads Policing Sergeant Brian Jones said: “Over the past two weeks Roads Policing officers have been carrying out patrols of town centres and rural roads, which have led to numerous drivers being charged.
“These incidents have ranged from drivers using their hand held device to speak to friends or to work colleagues, to some drivers observed texting, or using Sat Navs inappropriately whilst behind the wheel.
“It only takes a matter of seconds for a vehicle to veer across the road onto the other carriageway and hit another vehicle.
“Not only are they putting themselves and other road users at risk by behaving in such a manner, they are also at risk of being caught and receiving a £60 fixed penalty ticket and three penalty points on their licence.
“The knock on effect of this could be increased insurance premiums or loss of licence.
“My colleagues and I would like to remind people that these patrols will be ongoing for the next four weeks and be assured, if people choose to ignore this message, you will get caught.”