Message sent: ‘Put your phones down’

PHONES DOWN: 595 people were detected using their phones during Operation Distraction, leading to a number of expiations and cautions. Picture: TODD LEWIS

A STATEWIDE operation to catch drivers using their mobile phones produced alarming results with an average of 66 people a day using a device while in control of a vehicle.

Operation Distraction was conducted during a nine-day blitz from July 22 and resulted in 595 detections.

Traffic Support Branch Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti said the message was simple – “put the phone down”.

“More than 65 people a day were prioritising their phone call, text message or email over the safety of themselves, their passengers

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