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A Freedom of Information request has shown that more than 5,000 drivers were caught breaking the law by driving while using their mobile phones in Norfolk and Suffolk during 2011. 

The Eastern Daily Press discovered in total 5,336 people were fined for using their mobile phones while at the wheel and the FOI request also showed this was up on previous years. Could this be down to more people using their phones on the road, or more efficient policing?

They report: 

An EDP request to police forces in Norfolk and Suffolk revealed that 5,336 people were fined for using their mobile phones whilst driving in the two counties last year, compared to 4,654 in 2010 and 4,632 being caught in 2009.

Chief Insp Chris Spinks, head of Norfolk and Suffolk’s roads policing unit, said officers were battling against a growing culture of people being dependent on their mobile phones and smart phones for business and social use.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.