Top excuses given by drivers caught using mobile phone on Surrey's roads
Keeping an ear warm, calls from ex-wives and child birth are some of the excuses given by drivers caught using a mobile phone.
As part of Surrey Police and Surrey County Council’s (SCC) Drive Smart campaign, traffic police recalled some of the weird and wonderful excuses they have heard.
One driver pleaded for help after being pulled over when he said: "It was my ex-wife harassing me, can you speak to her?"
A father-to-be explained: "I answered the phone because my wife is having a baby and I thought she may have gone into labour."
For some, honesty was the best policy, with one driver admitting: "I am always using it. It’s about time I got caught."
But a man stopped for running a red light could not help digging a hole for himself when he said: "Sorry, I didn’t even see the red light, I was on my phone at the time."
Councillor Kay Hammond, SCC’s cabinet member for community safety, said using a mobile while driving has "devastating" consequences.
She said: "You are four times more likely to crash, your reaction times are 50 per cent slower and you are more likely to drift across lanes.
"If you get caught, you face three penalty points on your licence and a £60 fine."
Duncan Brown, head of road safety at Surrey Police, said: "Police officers are only too aware of the tragedies that follow lapses in concentration.
"Keep your head up and both eyes on the road. Texting, updating social media sites or reading emails takes attention away from driving safely."
Top unusual excuses
"It was my ex-wife harassing me, can you speak to her?"
"It was my boss checking up on me."
"I answered the phone because my wife is having a baby and I thought she may have gone into labour."
"I was just telling them I couldn’t answer as I was driving."
"Sorry, I didn’t even see the red light. I was on my phone at the time."
"I am always using it. It’s about time I got caught."
"I’m late picking the kids up from school."
"I was not on the phone, I was looking something up on the internet."
"I wasn’t calling anyone, I was replying to an email."
"I was keeping my ear warm."