Police are stepping up roadside surveillance to catch drivers who illegally use their mobile phones, as part of a new initiative.
The 'Pick up a phone - Pick up a fine' campaign is reminding motorists they could face a hefty fine if caught using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving.
Seargeant Allan Thompson of the roads policing unit said: 'The Constabulary will be proactively supporting this campaign with officers being specifically tasked with observing major routes, working in 'spot and stop' pairs. Other more covert schemes will be used to keep drivers thinking about where the police may be.'
Areas where there have been reports of drivers breaking the law will be targeted. Posters that highlight the risks can be downloaded from the Department of Infrastructure website.
Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly said: 'There is no excuse for using a hand held mobile when driving, or for stopping at a dangerous location to pick up a call when your phone rings. If you cannot divert your calls to voice mail whilst driving, ensure your bluetooth hands free device is enabled. It is important that motorists remember that it is an offence to use a hand held mobile phone while driving, whether making a call or texting. The penalties can include a fine of up to £2,500 and 4 penalty points on your licence.'
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