There were 602 tickets issued last year in the county against people for using their mobile phones while driving.
The news emerged at this week’s meeting of the Laois County Joint Policing Committee in County Hall, with the figure given by Chief Superintendant John Scanlon in response to a request for the number from Brian Stanley TD.
“I’ve seen lorry drivers with loads behind them driving while on their phones, going around roundabouts changing gears one-handed,” said Deputy Stanley. “There’s a sizeable percentage of people using phones, it’s very worrying.”
Revealing the figure of 602 tickets issued in 2013, Chief Supt Scanlon encouraged everyone to be vigilant on the road.
“Anyone who sees people driving dangerously is welcome to become a witness in a court case,” he said. “It behoves you all to contact the gardaí.”