Mobile phone-using motorists ‘avoiding detection’

The number of drivers handed fines for using a mobile phone at the wheel has plummeted in Wollongong, New South Wales, however, police say it isn't because motorists have stopped using them.

Over the eight months to February, just over 300 drivers were fined for talking on their phones in the Wollongong policing area, with total penalties amounting $87,000.

The figures show a fall of more than 30 per cent on the same period 12 months ago, when 506 drivers were penalised.

Research compiled by UK road safety charity Brake and Direct Line recently found that 48 per cent of motorists still talk on their mobile phones at the same time as driving.

“I wouldn't say fewer people are using their mobile phone while driving; it is just with the technology, people are getting a bit smarter and putting them on speaker,” highway patrol supervisor sergeant Stewart Arnold told the Illawarra Mercury.

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