NEW figures show that more than 3,000 motorists in Limerick have been caught driving while using a mobile phone since the penalty points system was introduced five years ago.
According to the Road Safety Authority a total of 3,020 fixed penalty notices were issued in Limerick between September 31, 2006 and March 31, 2010.
2,251 of them were issued for offences in County Limerick and 769 were issued within Limerick city.
The number of detections in Limerick represents just over 3 per cent of detections across the country.
Michael Rowland, Director of Road Safety, Research and Driver at the Road Safety Authority is encouraging motorists not to use their mobile phones while driving.
“Please don’t use your mobile phone while you’re driving. It creates an unnecessary distraction and it increases the likelihood that you will be involved in a collision. Keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone,” he said.
In recent months, gardai in Limerick have begun clamped down on the use of mobile phones by motorists.