A Bolton driver was caught by police after allegedly using a mobile phone at the wheel. 

An officer from GMP Bolton South conducted patrols in the borough as part of Operation Classify, which aims to reduce death and serious injury on the roads.

Police say one motorist was issued with a traffic offence report for allegedly driving while using a mobile phone. 

A spokesperson for GMP Bolton South said: "PC Kelly has been targeting traffic offences today in order to make the roads of Bolton safer.

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"A motorist has been issued with a Traffic Offence Report for driving whilst using a mobile phone, and advice has been given to repair faulty brake lights.

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"It is an offence to use a handheld mobile device whilst driving, and can result in 6 points and up to a £1000 fine, and in some cases a driving ban."

According to GMP, the borough saw 71 serious collisions in 2022, with nine fatalities – with the trend continuing into 2023.

The force says excessive speeding, as well as drink and drug driving, and poor driver standards have been the main key causes of road traffic collisions in the area.

As part of Operation Classify, Drivers will also see electronic message boards on Bolton’s roads with messaging encouraging them to take care behind the wheel, along with other preventative messages that are applicable to that stretch of road.