They say that wisdom comes with age – but clearly not when it comes to driving while using a mobile phone.
Figures released by Cambridgeshire police have revealed a total of 430 drivers were caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel from March 1 to December 31, 2017.
Of those 244 were fined, 130 sent to court and another 57 still await their fate.
And of those motorists men are the worst offenders, making up 359 of those caught by police.
The age group most guilty of the crime are thirtysomethings.
A total of 141 of drivers caught were aged between 30 and 39.
Next most guilty are twentysomethings with 130 snared for the driving offence followed by fortysomethings at 37 and people in their 50s at 20.
The young and the older age group are least likely to commit the offence.
Just two under-20s were caught, 20 drivers in their 60s and six motorists who are over 70 years old.
PC Jon Morris, casualty reduction officer for Cambridgeshire Constabulary told the News: “It is disappointing and frustrating that people are still using a mobile while driving.
"Our figures show that those most likely to take this risk are aged between 30 and 40 so are likely to have significant driving experience and we would hope would be experienced enough to know the dangers.
"Using a mobile phone whilst driving significantly increases your chances of being involved in a serious, even fatal collision.
“We urge people to turn their phone off before they start their journey and put it away. Even a brief distraction could have serious consequences.”
And the age of drivers caught using mobiles behind the wheel was confirmed during a clampdown last month (January) which resulted in 33 drivers being pulled over by officers.
Police say 30 of the drivers were issued with Traffic Offence Reports, which could lead on to fines of £200 and six penalty points.
The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit tweeted: "During mobile phone week we stopped 33 cars and issued 30 ToRs for mobile phone offences.
"It seems that under-25s and van drivers ARE NOT the main offenders! These stops were in addition to our normal incidents. Put it away!"
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