Record number of hands-free fines

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24 January 2006, AMSTERDAM - Police issued a record number of fines last year to motorists who were caught holding a mobile phone to their ear while driving.

24 January 2006

AMSTERDAM - Police issued a record number of fines last year to motorists who were caught holding a mobile phone to their ear while driving.

Motorists received almost 117,000 fines for failing to comply with the hands-free law. This was a 15 percent increase on 2004, the traffic department of the Public Prosecutor's Office said on Tuesday. Motorists caught phoning without using a hands-free system face a fine of EUR 115.

In total almost 8 million traffic fines were issued in the Netherlands last year, a 6 percent increase on the year before. The rise, the authorities said, was due to increased use of traffic checkpoints and speed traps.

The majority of traffic fines were issued for speeding.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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