Police issued the infringement notice.
Police issued the infringement notice. Kevin Farmer

Driver dobs in fellow motorist texting on highway

WALLANGARRA police checked the text message logs on a driver's mobile phone before issuing an infringement notice for operating a mobile phone while driving.

Sergeant Alan Baker said police received a report of a motorist crossing the centre line on the New England Highway.

"The motorist who made the call said she was too scared to overtake the driver in front due to the erratic driving,” he said.

The number plate was provided and Sgt Baker intercepted the vehicle on the New England Highway in Ballandean.

"The driver initially denied he was using a mobile phone before police checked the phone and saw text messages matched the time of the complaint,” he said.

"When put to him, the driver admitted he had been texting, he was really embarrassed and very sorry.”

"Using a mobile phone while driving is a major concern. If you see someone driving erratically you think could be on a mobile phone while driving, pull up and call police.

"It is very disappointing that with all the publicity about the danger of using mobile phones while driving, drivers are still being distracted by mobile phones”

The 25-year-old man from Tenterfield was issued with a $400 infringement notice.



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