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Hampshire and Thames Valley Police catch 16,000 drivers on phone

Almost 16,000 people have been caught using their mobile phones while driving.

A total of 12,280 men and 3,762 women were caught from April 2013 to March 2014 in Hampshire and Thames Valley.

According to the police, drivers are four times more likely to crash and their reaction times are 50% slower while using a phone.

Hampshire Chief Constable Andy Marsh said passengers should tell anyone driving while on their phone to stop.

Drivers can be given three points on their licence and a fine of £100 if they are seen texting, calling or checking their phones at the wheel.

If the case goes to court, people can be disqualified and fined up to £1,000, or can be sent on a course.

Mr Marsh told Radio Solent: "It makes me angry to see people on their phones. Those who are in the car with them should say: 'What do you think you are doing?'

"It is a serious problem that causes death and serious injury."

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