Sly mobile users caught across weekend blitz

DRIVERS at Dubbo who want to persist in using a mobile phone on the sly are on notice.

NSW Police blitzed the roads this week with a 24-hour crackdown on traffic offences.

Three drivers in the Orana Local Area Command were among the almost 700 motorists caught illegally using hand-held mobile phones on Wednesday.

The area returned a better report card for the second part of the operation.

No motorists were caught speeding in school zones or not stopping at children's crossings.

The rest of the state fell far below this standard, with almost 400 drivers caught doing wrong outside schools.

Altogether, Operation Compliance 1 detected 1158 people breaking the law behind the wheel, much to the chagrin of the state's operations commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol.

Superintendent Stuart Smith said police continued to be frustrated by the small percentage of motorists who risked their own lives, and the lives of others, by using a handheld phone while driving.

"Using a mobile handset while in control of a vehicle is not only illegal, it is highly irresponsible and very dangerous," Superintendent Smith said.

"(This week's) operation highlights that far too many motorists are continuing to distract themselves with mobile phones when they should be focusing their entire attention on the road around them."

Superintendent Smith was equally appalled by the number of motorists caught speeding in school zones.

"School zones are in place to keep our children safe," he said.

"Every time an irresponsible motorist breaks the 40km/h school zone speed limit, they put children's lives at risk."

The operation came three months after laws tightening in-vehicle mobile phone use came into effect.

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