Dutch still using mobile phones while driving
National traffic prosecutor says the police campaign to stop drivers from using mobile phones has not been a success.30 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The national traffic prosecutor Koos Spee says the police campaign to stop people using mobile phones while driving cars has not been a success.
He complains that too many drivers are still using their mobile phones while driving rather than hand-free phones.
Since September 2007 there have been more checks, and 20 plain-clothed officers have been deployed to increase the chance of catching offenders.
However, less than 20,000 extra fines have been imposed since that date, and Spee concludes that the operation was a failure.
Despite the discouraging figures, Spee is still urging that the intensive checks be continued.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]