One day blitz on motorists with mobile phones

A DOZEN drivers were nabbed in the Coffs Clarence for using mobile phones at the wheel as part of a day long statewide police bliz yesterday.

Of the 99 motorists issued with infringement notices for the illegal use of mobiles in the Northern region 12 were fined by Coffs Clarence Highway patrol.

Across NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command conducted Operation Compliance 5.

A total of 925 drivers were caught using their mobile phone while driving throughout the day.

Each of the drivers lost three demerit points and $304 with drivers caught in school zones fined larger amounts.

Since November 2012, it has been an offence for drivers to talk on their mobile phone unless it is secured in a cradle or can be operated without touching the handset.

All other phone functions - including texting, video messaging, online chatting, reading preview messages and emailing - are also prohibited while driving.

These officers were deployed solely for this operation, and specifically on major arterial roads," NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said.

"The drivers they pulled over yesterday were risking not only their own lives, but all other motorists in their vicinity.

"As we have seen in recent days, a multi-vehicle crash can result in not only loss of life and serious injury, but also traffic chaos.

"Is that phone call or text really worth the potential devastation?" Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

Operation Compliance 5 also targeted vehicles parked across footpaths.

"Police infringed 442 cars for this offence, which effectively forces pedestrians into the unsafe scenario of having to walk on roadways," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

A further 542 infringement notices were issued for offences relating to registration plates and vehicle compliance.

National Route 1, a driver safety campaign on the Pacific Highway continues leading up to the Operation North Coast Roads and Safe Arrival over the holiday period.



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