MORE than 5,000 drivers in Wakefield have penalty points on their licences after being caught using mobile phones or being otherwise distracted at the wheel.
The shocking statistics have been revealed by road safety charity Brake, at the launch of its new campaign called ‘Tune in to road safety and turn off your phone.’
It aims to prevent crashes caused by drivers failing to pay attention to the road, by appealing for them to turn off their phones or put them in the boot.
The campaign also urges people to refuse to speak on the phone to someone who is driving.
The figures show 5,227 Wakefield drivers and 6,679 Leeds ones, currently have penalty points on their licences for offences linked to using mobile phones or other distractions.
The campaign, which coincides with Road Safety Week, is being launched almost a decade after the use of hand-held mobiles at the wheel was banned.
Brake spokeswoman Sarah-Jane Martin said: “Many people who wouldn’t dream of drink-driving are succumbing to using their phone and other distractions while driving, oblivious that the effect can be similar and the consequences just as horrific.”