POLICE are targeting motorists who use mobile phones, exceed speed limits and drive vehicles that have defects.
Cheshire Police said officers would be out in force throughout February with dedicated patrols across West Cheshire including Chester and Ellesmere Port.
Motorists found to be flouting the law will be told about the dangers of using mobile phones while driving and warned they face prosecution if they continue to put others at risk.
Sgt Rachel Gallagher said: “We want to hit this head on, as the message is still not getting through to drivers who use their mobile phone while driving.
“We are pulling up motorists on an almost daily basis and therefore a reinforced driving message is needed to serve as a reminder but also to provide a deterrent to those who continue to break the law.”
The high-visibility operation aims to deter and detect offending motorists and reassure members of the community with increased high profile policing.
Sgt Gallagher said: “Mobile phones are one of the main contributors to those being killed or seriously injured in road collisions.
“Drivers who text on their mobiles while negotiating junctions, for example, put themselves and others at risk whether they use the phone hands free or hand held as they are much less aware of what’s happening on the road, fail to see road signs, react more slowly and can take longer to brake.”