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Norfolk Police to target drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel

Police will be targeting drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel. Credit: PA

Police in Norfolk will be targeting drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel as part of a week-long campaign.

'Operation Ringtone' will see officers patrolling the roads with marked and unmarked vehicles with fitted cameras.

Police are also encouraging the public to report incidents using dash cam footage to help fight against those breaking the law.

Between January and December last year 1040 penalty notices were issued for the offence of driving whilst using a mobile phone in Norfolk. This includes 67 people caught during the last week of action which took place between 10 and 16 July 2017.

The latest campaign will run from Monday 22 January up until Sunday 28 January.

"We believe driving whilst using a mobile phone is just as dangerous as drink or drug-driving and are determined to make it as socially unacceptable as those offences," Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, Head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit said.

"Mobile phones in vehicles are a distraction and can cause serious or even fatal collisions. A momentary glance down at your phone means you are not paying full attention to the road and are not in proper control of your vehicle.

"My appeal to motorists is to put their phones out of reach when you are driving and either leave it in your bag or put in in the glovebox, so you are not tempted to look at a message or answer a call."