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Number of drivers caught using mobile phone in Norfolk collapses by 65pc

PUBLISHED: 14:55 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 18:58 24 May 2016

The number of drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel has collapsed, but has the problem gone away? Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The number of drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel has collapsed, but has the problem gone away? Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Drivers who text or talk on phones behind the wheel will be targeted this week by Norfolk Police as it emerged the number of motorists given a fixed penalty notice for using their phone behind the wheel has dropped dramatically.

Roads policing officers from Norfolk and Suffolk will be carrying out additional patrols on key routes across the counties to target people using mobile phones as part of a campaign led by the National Police Chiefs Council.

It comes as figures from Norfolk Police show a 65pc drop in the number of people caught using their phone whilst driving in four years.

In 2011 2,016 people were caught in Norfolk using their mobile behind the wheel. This has fallen every year since and dropped to 714 in 2014.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s encouraging to see a reduction in figures and while I accept statistics do not provide the full picture, I believe increased awareness has played a part in this.

“Clearly there’s still too many drivers taking risks by using a phone behind the wheel – no message or call is so important that you could end up killing someone, killing yourself or going to prison for and our pro-active patrols will targeting those drivers this week.”

Motorists caught using their phone behind the wheel can get an automatic fixed penalty notice, three penalty points on their licence and a fine of £100.

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