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Rise in drivers caught on mobiles

The number of drivers caught on their mobile phones at the wheel in Leicestershire has risen by 60% in the past year.

Since January, 1,576 motorists have been fined, compared with 964 in the same period last year.

Currently offenders receive a £60 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence.

But officers called for bigger fines and tougher laws to stop people "taking the risk".

Leicestershire PC Trevor Spare said: "There's got to be an increase in the fines.

"It sends a ripple out to family and friends that someone's been caught on a mobile phone, got a fine - a hefty fine - and six points.

"At the moment people don't think they're breaking the law, particularly if nobody's watching them, so they take the risk."

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