More than 200 people were caught on their mobile phones while driving in May, despite police warnings.
The results illustrate an increase from May 2010 where 170 people were issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for using their mobile phone while driving compared to 217 in May this year.
Sergeant Jeff Knight, Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, said that drivers more than double the risk of being involved in a road collision while using a mobile phone.
“There is a reason why it’s called driver distraction. Talking and texting while driving takes you away from what you are supposed to be doing — paying attention on the road and driving,’ he said.
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“Accidents involving texting drivers are on the rise nationally, and it’s said that texting drivers can travel up to 80 metres in five seconds — this is of serious concern for the driver and other road users.”
ACT Policing members from all ranks, including Chief Police Officer Roman Quaedvlieg, are enforcing road rules, issuing drivers with TINs for any traffic offences.
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