In four weeks from 1 March when penalties were doubled, police recorded 5,977 instances of driving while calling or texting

More than 200 drivers a day were caught using their mobile phones illegally in the wake of a crackdown on the practice.

Police forces in Britain penalised almost 6,000 motorists for the offence in the four weeks after tougher punishments took effect, equivalent to one every seven minutes.

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