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More than 700 people were caught using their mobile phones whilst driving in Hertfordshire last year.

New figures reveal that men are the worst offenders, making up 81 percent of those dealt with, mainly between the ages of 27 and 41.

That's despite the risk of six points and a £200 fine - and new drivers losing their licence. Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you're driving a lorry or bus).

In some circumstances, for example if use of a phone has caused or contributed to an accident, the Police may prosecute for driving without due care or dangerous driving in order to secure a more severe punishment.

This comes as Thames Valley and Hampshire Police forces have revealed new technology, which is designed to stop drivers using their mobiles while behind the wheel.

The system spots when a phone's being used and flashes up a warning on a signpost to alert motorists - and will initially be used on the A34 in Oxfordshire.

Sergeant Ian Manley is from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit. He told BOB fm: "There are serious and sometimes fatal consequences of using your phone whilst behind the wheel.

"I would ask all drivers to consider, is it really worth it? The answer is of course no so please turn your phone off, on do not disturb or put it where you won't be distracted by it or be tempted to pick it up."

More than 1,500 people were caught using their mobile phone across Beds, Cambs and Herts in 2018. 717 were in Hertfordshire, 483 in Cambridgeshire and 371 in Bedfordshire.

Sergeant Manley continued: "You are putting yourselves and other road users in serious danger if you use a mobile whilst driving. It takes just moments for a collision to occur if you are distracted so don't be, just drive."

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