British Drivers Will Now Have Phones Confiscated Following Every Car Crash

When will this come stateside?

Stop it. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Stop it. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Police in the United Kingdom are beginning a major crackdown on drivers. From now on, drivers’ phones will be confiscated after any crash, no matter what caused the collision reports the Independent.

The new guidelines, which were decided upon by the Association of Chief Police Officers, are a drastic shift from its old ones. Previously, phones were only taken when someone was seriously injured or killed during a crash. The new rules orders officers to take the phones no matter how minor the incident.

More than 500 people were either killed or seriously injured last year in the UK because of drivers who were distracted by their phones.

The new rules weren’t unanimously praised. “I am 100 per cent against anyone texting while driving and those caught deserve everything they get. But I’m worried police could overdo it, just because someone is involved in a minor shunt, surely it shouldn’t mean they should lose their phone,” said a spokesperson with the Alliance of British Drivers.