SAPOL: Are you paying attention?

POLICE across the state will make sure they get your number if they see you driving and using a mobile phone. Operation Distraction is now underway, with police targeting drivers using handheld mobile phones in an ongoing bid to reduce crashes caused by distracted drivers.

“Research shows that using a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of crashing by at least four times,” says Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, officer in charge of SAPOL’s Traffic Support Branch.

“The most common types of crashes associated with drivers using mobile phones are ‘run-off-the-road’ and ‘rear end’ crashes, because drivers are distracted by their phone and have much less general awareness of other road users.

“Their reaction times and judgement of how

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