POLICE have launched a major crackdown on motorists using mobile phones.
The campaign, which is being carried out by officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, started yesterday and runs for two weeks.
Those who are caught could receive a £60 fixed penalty notice and could have their licence endorsed with three penalty points. The fine 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.
Nationally, there are around 30 deaths on the roads each year linked to mobile phones and up to 30 per cent of crashes happen because a driver is distracted.
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.”