Police crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

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POLICE are launching a major crackdown on motorists using their mobile phones.

The campaign will be carried out by officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit from Monday, May 6, for two weeks.

Police say they caught and prosecuted 1,822 drivers for using their mobile phones while driving last year. The aim of the campaign is to educate drivers and enforce the law.Those caught could receive a £60 fixed penalty notice and could have their licence endorsed with three penalty points. It can rise to £1,000 if the matter goes to court and potentially £2,500 if the person was driving a bus, coach or heavy goods vehicle. 

Inspector Mick Robson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Driving your car requires and deserves your full attention. To do anything other than that puts your life, the lives of any passengers and other road users at risk.”