Police crackdown on motorists using phones

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POLICE IN the Ripley and Heanor ares have this week been cracking down on motorists who use mobile phone while driving.

Officers already stop drivers seen using their mobiles behind the wheel, but extra patrols have taken place across the county to crackdown on offenders.

Anyone caught can receive an automatic fixed penalty notice, which is three points on your licence and a £60 fine.

Between April 2010 and March 2011, 1,362 drivers were given notices for using a mobile while driving.

From April 2009 until March 2010, 1,696 drivers were given notices for the offence, said a police spokesman.