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3248 fixed penalty notices have been given to drivers in Devon and Cornwall caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel in the past 12 months.
It normally means a sixty pound fine and 3 penalty points.
But MPC Mark Goulding says using a phone can have much worse consequences: "when they are concentrating on their text message or their phone they are not concentrating on the road so there is greater risk of their being a collision of sorts."