POLICE are urging motorists to be safe on the roads after six people were caught on their phones while driving in Moama in just one day.
Deniliquin police issued all the drivers $330 fines and deducted four demerit points from their licences as part of Operation Compliance on Wednesday.
‘‘Interestingly, one driver was using Bluetooth to talk on the phone but still felt the need to hold his phone in his hand,’’ Sergeant Peter Kirk of Deniliquin Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.
Sgt Kirk said statistics showed crashes involving driver distraction were on the rise, so he urged motorists to do the right thing.
‘‘It’s just not worth it,’’ he said.
Two infringements were also issued for vehicle standards offences.
The NSW-wide operation saw police issue more than 1200 infringements for mobile phone use, 137 for not keeping left and 586 defects.
Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the operation should serve as a warning for all drivers of the risks on our roads.
‘‘Despite the numerous warnings and obvious dangers to drivers and innocent road users, the message not to text and drive, is just not getting through,’’ he said.
‘‘For anyone to take their eyes and concentration off the road and onto a phone while driving shows a complete disregard for personal safety and the safety of everyone else on the road.’’