Six drivers in Doncaster using phones are caught out

Superintendant Eddie Murphy
Superintendant Eddie Murphy

Police are warning of the dangers of using mobile phones to make calls while driving after officers in Doncaster issued fixed penalty tickets to six motorists in the space of a couple of hours.

Officers patrolling on Monday afternoon and evening stopped three men in Cantley, one in Rossington, one in Armthorpe and a woman in Barnby Dun for using their mobiles while at the wheel.

All six were stopped and fined £60 and will also have three points endorsed on their licence.

The tally was not part of a specific operation but the drivers were spotted during routine patrols and police said it highlighted the road safety problem.

Supt Eddie Murphy from South Yorkshire Police said: “There is an obvious safety message here. Drivers should be concentrating on the road and if they are using their phones, they are putting themselves in danger as well as other road users and pedestrians.

“Accidents can and are caused by momentary lapses of concentration and when drivers are distracted.

“People in South Yorkshire have been prosecuted and jailed for causing accidents and sometimes deaths when they were using their mobiles.

“Furthermore, your insurance company may not pay out, if it is discovered that you were on your phone at the time of the accident.”