ALMOST 1,000 Welsh motorists have been caught using their mobile phones in just two weeks.
The police crackdown saw officers from the four forces in Wales targeting people who text or make calls on the road.
Police in South Wales issued 242 on-the-spot fines during the fortnight-long operation, while Dyfed-Powys stopped and fined 454 law breakers.
Police have called the results of the mobile blitz unacceptable — and have said that motorists need to realise that when they choose to use the phone they are choosing to put people's lives at risk.
Wayne Tucker, road safety manager at South Wales Police, said: "It is unacceptable that more than 240 drivers have chosen to ignore the message that driving while using a mobile phone is dangerous and potentially life- threatening.
"We're urging the public to recognise that answering that quick call at the wheel or texting at the traffic lights is just not worth the risk.
"If you choose to use your phone at the wheel, you're choosing to endanger the lives of others as well as yourself.
"Driving while using your mobile phone affects your ability to concentrate and react to your surroundings in the same way that drink-driving does. That momentary lapse in concentration is all it takes to cause a serious or fatal collision, and there's no excuse for it."
The figures show that the majority of drivers booked for flouting the law were aged over 25, and Mr Tucker called on them to set a good example to young motorists, saying "more experienced roadusers should really know better".
Getting caught texting or calling while behind the wheel — or riding a motorbike — leads to an automatic £60 fine and a three point penalty on the driving licence
Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Huw Rees said driving while using a mobile phone was not only illegal but also dangerous.
He urged motorists to turn off their phones and warned that the force would prosecute those drivers who continue to flout the law.