Massive rise in Sussex drivers using mobile phones
Data uncovered through an MPs question in parliament shows that mobile phone use whilst driving amongst Sussex motorists has increased by 54 per cent in just two years.
Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton, requested information that breaks down penalty notices amongst different police force areas.
The figures showed that the number of penalty notices issued in Sussex rose from 2,742 in 2008, up to 3,623 in 2009 and up to 4,250 in 2010.
Motoring groups called the figures "extremely concerning" and said that the trend is likely to continue with the increased use of Smartphones and apps.
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An AA spokesman said: "People are addicted to their mobile phones. They know they're not supposed to do it, but when that phone goes off on the passenger seat they feel that they have to answer it straight away."
The figures put Sussex in 10th spot out of the 43 forces listed. Neighbouring county's fared much better.
Hampshire saw a massive reduction in penalty notices for using a mobile while driving. Just 1,700 motorists were caught, down from 5,152 in 2008.In Surrey, there was a small rise in 2011, up to 3,388 from 2010's 2,939.
In a statement, Sussex Police said: "It has increased over the years from texting and calling to email and other uses of the internet.
"We have become increasingly robust with dealing with offenders.
"They can be a contributory factor in collisions as people are distracted. Sussex Police is committed to reducing deaths and injuries on the road and will continue to target those who choose to use their phones whilst driving."