Price of not going 'hands-free'

A few local drivers were caught out using mobile phones behind the wheel in a 24-hour crackdown.
A few local drivers were caught out using mobile phones behind the wheel in a 24-hour crackdown.

WE have all seen it done in traffic and probably even used a mobile phone while behind the wheel ourselves.

For NSW police though mobile phone using drivers are a pet hate.

Motorists texting, calling, chatting and even googling while driving have been targetted in a 24-hour crackdown.

Across NSW more than 800 motorists were handed hefty fines for not going 'hands-free.'

Police said the traffic blitz saw some 1300 motorists booked for mobile phone use while driving, seatbelt offences right through to motor vehicle defects.

Of the 1353 traffic infringements handed out by NSW Police yesterday, 337 fines were written in regional areas.

One truckie was even caught on the phone on the F3 near the Mt White heavy vehicle checking station.

Police said the truck driver did not stop for a period of time and when he eventually pulled over became abusive to police.

A mobile phone could not be located in the truck, but as police secured the vehicle they heard a phone ringing and found it hidden in the dashboard.

"In terms of the truck driver, he has put himself and other motorists at risk by using a mobile phone whilst travelling on a busy freeway,"  Acting Commander of Traffic Services, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said.

"Any device which can cause a driver to be distracted is dangerous.

"Clearly the message is not getting through," he said.

Motorists caught using mobile phones behind the wheel face a $234 fine and the loss of three demerit points.

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