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National Mobile Phone Operation

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? Nearly 10,000 drivers detected holding a mobile phone whilst driving this year A moment?s distraction can lead to a lifetime of consequences A targeted Mobile Phone Enforcement Operation will take place on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April 2014.

The aim of the operation is to:

1. make drivers aware of the dangers of using a mobile phone

2. detect offending motorists. Intercepting such distracted drivers will modify driver behaviour, thus making the roads safer for all road users.

In 2013, there were over 28,000 people detected holding a mobile phone whilst driving, the second highest offence detected nationally. This display of bad driver behaviour requires continued and prolonged attention. Provisional figures from a previous national mobile phone operation held on the 27th March 2014 yielded a 300% increase in detections above the average daily detection rate. It is apparent that holding a mobile phone whilst driving remains a significant issue.

Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Garda National Traffic Bureau said: "We all know how distracting mobile phones can be in any situation, , except in the car it can have fatal consequences.

Driving requires 100% concentration - it?s as simple as that. In the first three months of the year nearly 10,000 drivers have been detected holding a mobile phone whilst driving. This is not acceptable or conducive to road safety. The choice is yours. To avoid penalty points, a fine or worse, be involved in a road traffic collision, always put the phone away when driving.?