More drivers caught using mobile phones in Surrey

More people in Surrey were fined for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving last year compared to the year before, according to police figures.

Between 1 January and 31 December 2010, Surrey Police issued 3,841 fixed penalty notices compared to 3,102 during the same period in 2009.

Another five - the same for both years for using a phone while supervising a learner driver - were also issued.

The force said no phone call was so important that lives should be risked.

Insp Chris Colley, of Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, said: "Our advice is to turn off your mobile phone for the duration of a journey, or use it only when safely parked.

"If you call someone who is driving, please take responsibility and hang up."

The penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel is £60 and three penalty points added to the offender's licence.

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