Operation Compliance: Tamworth police book drivers using phones behind the wheel in one-day blitz

CLOSE to a dozen motorists had been nabbed in the first hours of a one-day blitz targeting motorists in the Tamworth CBD on Wednesday.

Operation Compliance 4 saw highway officers, general duties police and plain clothes personnel roam the streets looking for motorists using a phone behind the wheel, driving with an unsecured load and not wearing a seatbelt.

Highway officer Sergeant Michael Buko said the operation was part of a statewide blitz. 

“These are all factors that can cause serious accidents or even result in deaths on our roads,” he told The Leader.

“It’s illegal for a reason and police will continue to detect this activity and motorists will have to wear the fine and the loss of demerits when they do the wrong thing.”

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By 4pm, police had fined seven drivers for using phones in the CBD and issued infringements for two unsecured loads.

Sergeant Buko said motorists risked a loss of four demerit points and a $337 fine if they were caught using their phone behind the wheel, even if they were stopped at a roundabout or traffic light.

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