Mike Stevens | Feb 11, 2011

New South Wales police issued more than 1000 fines to motorists on Wednesday as part of a crackdown on mobile phone use while driving.

Forming part of Operation Compliance, the blitz saw a total of 1199 motorists fined $250, along with the loss of three demerit points. More than half of offenders were caught in the Central Metropolitan region.

“These motorists have no excuse for their foolhardy and inconsiderate behaviour,” Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.

“Using a mobile phone while driving is extremely dangerous. It’s a major distraction which can – and does – lead to deaths on our roads, yet some motorists seem to think it’s their right.”

A further 502 motorists were detected speeding in school zones during the same operation, with more than 150 of those nabbed in the Northern region.

Across the state, 134 infringement notices were issued to motorists committing children's crossing offences.

The next Operation Compliance will be conducted later in the year.

The current New South Wales road toll stands at 37 - 10 fewer than the same period in 2010.

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