Drivers illegally using mobiles up 30% in Thames Valley
The number of motorists caught illegally using their mobile phones while driving in the Thames Valley has risen by more than 30%.
Officers caught more than 9,700 drivers in the past year, compared to 7,290 the year before - an increase of 33%.
They said the growing popularity of smart phones was partly to blame.
A spokesperson said drivers' reaction times while using a handheld phone were 30% worse than if driving under the legal alcohol allowance.