Greater Manchester Police caught 137 motorists using a mobile phone at the wheel in just one month.
From March 1 to the 27th a total of 137 motorists were fined for using a mobile while driving and a further fourteen were dealt with by police for not being in control of their vehicle by messing with the sat nav and other things.
At this time another thirty incidents are still being investigated.
On Wednesday 1 March, the legislation for using a mobile phone while driving changed. The penalty was doubled and if caught, offenders will now receive a £200 fine and six points on their licence.
Inspector Tony Allt from Greater Manchester Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: “During the intensive national campaign regarding the increase in penalties for using a mobile phone, officers could see a notable reduction in people willing to take the risk of committing the offence.
“Going forward, we will work hard to reinforce the message that this is not only a socially unacceptable, but outright dangerous offence to commit.
“Officers will continue to patrol the roads of Greater Manchester in marked and unmarked vehicles to deal with those offenders who believe that the law does not apply to them.”
Anyone with details of persistent offenders who are driving and using their mobile should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call 101 with details.