New warnings target drivers who send texts
SAFETY messages are being spread across Carmarthenshire in a bid to combat drivers who text while at the wheel.
The council hope that the graffiti style cards, with graphic and thought provoking messages will make drivers think twice and also alleviate growing concerns about drivers who use their mobile phone.
They will be put on the back of buses, on A-board trailers touring the county's municipal car parks and on cards to colleges to spread the message as far as possible.
County road safety manager Keith Griffiths said this was a new challenge for the council, after they had tackled bald tyres, drink and drug driving and speeding in previous months.
Mr Griffiths said: "The danger of texting or reading texts while driving is something we also needed to highlight with the best advice to switch off before you drive off.
"If you are caught using a hand held mobile phone or similar device when driving or riding you can expect to get an automatic fixed penalty notice.
"This means three points on your licence and a fine of £60.
"And if the case goes to court you could also face disqualification from driving on top of a maximum fine of £1,000.
"Drivers of buses or goods vehicles face fines of up to £2,500."
The scheme will involve monthly themes, and October's campaign warns 'dnt tmpt f8 tht txt cn w8' with a graphic of a car smashed into a giant mobile which has R.I.P. above a screen reading '2L8' and floral tributes scattered.
Last month the warning was to be careful if taking medication or any drugs when driving because it could cost drivers their licence.
Mr Griffiths said that messages were aimed at drivers of all ages, but added that new laws applied to younger drivers meaning they could use their licences if caught texting twice within two years.