Police have caught almost 200,000 drivers in London using mobile phones while on the move a Freedom of Information request has discovered. 

The figures come alongside national stats showing that 1,000,000 people have used their mobile while driving.

The Evening Standard report:

A survey found most drivers who admitted using a handheld mobile did so to answer calls or text.

But a quarter read emails, 30 per cent checked directions and 14 per cent logged on to social networking sites.Figures obtained under Freedom of Information rules show that in the capital, just under 200,000 motorists have been caught using phones in nine years.

The number given fixed penalty notices rose steadily until last year. This year, 21,931 drivers have been issued with penalties in London, compared with 33,384 in the whole of last year.

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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.