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Crackdown on mobile phone drivers
Man driving while talking on mobile phone
Drivers can be fined 60 and given three points on their licence
Police in Derbyshire have started a month-long campaign to target drivers using mobile phones.

Drivers are being warned they face a 60 fine and three penalty points on their licence if they are found using a mobile phone while driving.

They also face a prison sentence if they are then involved in an accident.

Last year, a total of 1,800 drivers were caught and fined in Derbyshire for illegally using a phone whist driving, a police spokesman said.

Ch Insp Simon Kennedy, head of Derbyshire's road policing unit, said: "National research has shown that reaction times for drivers using a hand-held phone were nearly 50% worse than when driving under normal conditions."

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