AS PART of a major garda operation against mobile phone use while driving, almost 300 drivers have been detected driving while holding a mobile phone so far today.
The major traffic operation began this morning.
The aim of the operation is to make drivers aware of the dangers of using a mobile phone and to detect offending motorists.
In 2013, there were over 28,000 people detected holding a mobile phone whilst driving, the second highest offence detected nationally.
Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Garda National Traffic Bureau said: "We all know how distracting mobile phones can be in any situation, except in the car it can have fatal consequences.
"Driving requires 100% concentration - it’s as simple as that. In the first three months of the year nearly 10,000 drivers have been detected holding a mobile phone whilst driving.
"This is not acceptable or conducive to road safety. The choice is yours. To avoid penalty points, a fine or worse, be involved in a road traffic collision, always put the phone away when driving.
Gardaí are focusing on the enforcement of relevant legislation.
Making a call or holding phone will result in two penalty points and a €60 fine payable with 28 days.
Guards have said the offence is committed by a driver when "holding a mobile phone while driving”.
This can be in the hand or supporting or cradling it with another part of the body.
They have warned that it is not a requisite that a person is actually engaged in a conversation.