MORE than 1000 motorists have been caught using their mobile phone while driving and a further 300 have been fined for not keeping left during a 24-hour statewide police blitz in NSW.
The infringements were issued during Operation Compliance 5, a one-day statewide operation targeting dangerous driver behaviour, on Wednesday.
During the operation, officers issued 1,047 infringements for mobile phone offences, 306 infringements for people not keeping left, and 561 infringements for defective vehicles.
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Commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said yesterday’s operation should serve as a warning for all drivers of the risks on our roads.
“Despite the numerous warnings and obvious dangers to drivers and innocent road users, the message not to text and drive is just not getting through,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“In a single day, officers issued more than 1,000 infringements to people who made the selfish choice to use their phone while driving.
“It is also disturbing to see so many vehicles that are not roadworthy still out on our roads, putting drivers and other innocent road users at risk.
“We have already lost 354 lives on NSW roads this year and the greatest tragedy is that many deaths were avoidable if people took responsibility for their actions and for the maintenance of the vehicles they are driving.”