Concern over hands-free message

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THE head of the Roads Policing Unit has reiterated the point that drivers should pull over and stop in a safe place if they are going to answer their mobile phone.

Inspector Mark Britton warned: ‘Be considerate about where you pull over because in doing so your priority isn’t your phone call.

‘Be a bit sensible about where you do it.’

His comments came after the Manx Independent raised concerns about the message being sent out by a joint police/Department of Infrastructure campaign called Operation Hands Free, launched last week.

Rather than telling drivers not to use their phone at all while in transit, or to park their car if they want to use their phone, the campaign advises motorists to use a hands-free device or pull over safely if they need to answer a call.

This does not take into account motorists’ differing views on what is and is not safe.

Prosecution for using a mobile phone while driving can lead to a penalty of up to £1,000.

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