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1,000 motorists caught using phones in a fortnight

Nearly 1,000 people in Wales have been caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel - in just two weeks.

Officers from all four Welsh police forces carried out patrols last month as part of an ongoing campaign to tackle the problem.

In total, 972 offences were recorded over the fortnight.

Road safety campaigners say the result is 'saddening'.

Using a mobile phone behind the wheel - whether it be texting, using an app, or making a phone call - is classed as one of the five most common causes of fatal road traffic collisions. Even the most experienced or competent of drivers can be easily distracted. A slight lapse in concentration can have serious consequences.

– Lee Ford, Roads Policing Inspector

Drivers' 30mph warning

Motorists are being warned of the dangers of driving over 30mph on any roads lit by street-lights. The campaign by GoSafe will re-inforce the message that the absolute speed limit for driving in built-up areas where there are street lights is 30 mph - unless otherwise stated.

Paralympian cyclist Simon Richardson who was left in a critical condition last summer after suffering multiple injuries in an alleged hit-and-run incident is backing the campaign.