Nearly 8,000 drivers were caught using their mobile phone illegally while driving during a week-long crackdown by police.
Officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland issued more than 40 fines an hour during the campaign back in November.
They also issued 68 court summonses, delivered hundred of verbal warnings and identified 117 other distraction offences such as eating or drinking while behind the wheel.
The police have said that the results were ‘encouraging’ and another week-long campaign is to begin from today.
It is illegal to use a handheld phone while driving, those who break that law could face penalty points and a fine.
Calls to prevent drivers using phones intensified last year in the wake of several high-profile cases and research indicating that it was widespread.
Back in October last year, Tomasz Kroker, the lorry driver who killed a mother and three children whilst distracted by his mobile phone was jailed for ten years.
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Matt Butler, a traffic inspector for Dorset Police, told BBC Radio 5 live that it was not yet socially unacceptable to use a mobile phone but one day we will get there. The aim is to make using your phone while driving just as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
He went on to say: “Although you may get away with it [using your mobile phone] a few times, sooner or later you are going to have a crash and that crash is going to hurt somebody really badly,” he said.
“So it is not just about ‘I’ve been naughty, I’ve been caught doing something’, it’s about the end effect and that is what we need people to remember.”
Previous crackdowns saw 2,690 fines issued in May 2015, 2,276 in September 2015 and 2,323 in May last year.
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