Police catch 47 drivers an hour during mobile phone crackdown

Police catch 47 drivers an hour during mobile phone crackdown

Almost 8,000 fixed penalty notices handed out in week-long campaign last year as punishments are set to get tougher

Almost 50 drivers were caught every hour during a police crackdown on the illegal use of mobile phones at the wheel.

Officers handed out 7,966 fixed penalty notices for the offence in a week-long campaign in November. The tally – equivalent to a rate of 47 an hour – is the highest yet for a week of enforcement on “distraction driving”. By comparison, the totals for three previous initiatives were 2,690 in May 2015, 2,276 in September 2015, and 2,323 in May last year. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) released the figures in advance of a fresh clampdown which starts on Monday.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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