New South Wales police have caught more than 960 motorists using hand-held mobile phones in a one-day traffic crackdown, and have listed drivers in the Tweed/Byron Area Command as being among the ‘worst-performing country areas’.

The Statewide ‘Operation Compliance Six’ was conducted yesterday (Wednesday 3 December), with police targeting speeding, mobile phone and P-plate offences.

  • 962 motorists were detected using their mobile phones while driving during the 24-hour blitz.
  • 778 of those were in the Sydney metropolitan area, with motorists in the Botany Bay, Rose Bay, Hurstville, Harbourside and Kuring Gai areas recording the highest number of offences.
  • 168 rural and regional motorists were detected on their phones – the worst-performing areas were Tweed/Byron, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Wollongong.
  • Also during Operation Compliance Six:
  • 1024 motorists were clocked travelling over the legal speed limit;
  • 365 provisional drivers were issued infringement notices for traffic offences;
  • 60 number-plate offences were detected by police;
  • Six bull-bar offences were detected.

Traffic Services Commander, Chief Superintendent John Hartley, has warned misbehaving motorists they will be caught.

“It’s extremely disappointing and disturbing to see motorists are continuing to flout the road rules and put lives at risk,” Chief Superintendent Hartley said.

“Police are out in force on our roads and to those motorists intent on doing the wrong thing I send this message: we will catch you.”

Of particular concern to police is the number of people caught talking or texting on their phones whilst driving.

“It’s impossible to fully concentrate on the road and the traffic conditions if you’re on your phone or trying to send an SMS,” Mr Hartley said.

“Just a momentary lapse in concentration could result in a tragedy, so if you’re tempted to use your phone – don’t!”