Just drop the phone and belt up

RECKLESS drivers are putting others at risk by talking and texting at the wheel.

A whopping 23 drivers were caught using hand-held mobile phones during a police traffic operation on Wednesday.

Tweed/Byron Police hit the roads for Operation Compliance Two, targeting mobile phone and seatbelt offences across the command.

A further 27 motorists were caught without seatbelts during the blitz, which ran from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday.

Inspector Darren Steel of Tweed/Byron police said the results were disappointing.

“Our Compliance operations are publicised and people know they are happening,” Insp Steel said. “It is disappointing to see that people are still talking on phones and not wearing seatbelts.

“Operation Compliance campaigns are targeted towards road safety and both those practices are very dangerous.”

Sergeant Rod Golden of the Highway Patrol said it was also important to acknowledge the many drivers that were seen using hands-free phones.



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