Police will begin a week-long campaign checking mobile phone use while driving, starting on Friday, September 16.
Taking place as part of the European campaign Roadpol Safety Days 2022 and the European Commission’s European Mobility Week, the initiative aims to reduce traffic accidents and raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving.
As part of the campaign, officers will check drivers’ documents and whether they are using mobile phone devices or other items, police said.
According to the World Health Organisation, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years.
Every day, an average of 70 people die on the roads in Europe.
Drivers using mobile phones are approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers not using a mobile phone. Using a phone while driving slows reaction times (notably braking reaction time, but also a reaction to traffic signals), and makes it difficult to keep in the correct lane, and to keep the correct following distances.