Mobile menaces caught by police

MORE and more motorists who talk on their mobile phone while driving in Suffolk are being prosecuted.The county's police force handed out 1,695 fines in 2005 to drivers who broke the law by using hand-held mobiles at the wheel, compared with 981 the previous year.

MORE and more motorists who talk on their mobile phone while driving in Suffolk are being prosecuted.

The county's police force handed out 1,695 fines in 2005 to drivers who broke the law by using hand-held mobiles at the wheel, compared with 981 the previous year.

This 72 per cent increase takes the number of fixed penalty notices dished out in Suffolk above the amount issued in neighbouring counties.

In 2005 Cambridgeshire saw 1,342 notices enforced and in Norfolk just 904 drivers were prosecuted, making it one of the five counties where drivers are most likely to get away with the offence.

Figures also revealed that police in Suffolk prosecuted 12 people last year for using a mobile phone whilst supervising a provisional licence holder, compared to three in 2004.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “These figures speak for themselves and demonstrate our commitment to making the road safer for everyone.”

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