Mobile phone blitz hits drivers

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More than 50 motorists across Norfolk were caught using their mobile phones while at the wheel during a clampdown earlier this month, police said yesterday.

The week-long campaign coincided with the introduction of tougher penalties, which mean offenders will now be fined £200 and be given six penalty points.

A total of 53 tickets were issued in Norfolk, with a further 116 in Suffolk.

Chief inspector Kris Barnard, head of the counties’ combined roads policing unit, said: “My hope is these new penalties act as a wake-up call to drivers, especially professional drivers who rely on their licence to make a living.

“A number of professionals – driving instructors and delivery drivers – were stopped during this campaign and that phone call or text could seriously cost them.”