A road safety charity has warned that more and more lives are being put at risk after figures showed a 33 per cent rise in the number of Suffolk motorists caught using mobile phones.

Statistics released by the Suffolk Constabulary indicated a total of 2,650 drivers were given penalty notices in 2011, compared to 1,998 in 2010.

These figures come after Brake and Direct Line research recently noted that 48 per cent of people admitted to talking and driving at the same time, while 25 per cent said they use their handsets while driving at least once a week.

Spokesman for Brake Richard Coteau told the East Anglian Daily Times that using a mobile phone at the wheel is illegal and unnecessarily puts people at risk.

"These statistics reveal a worrying increase in the number of people in Suffolk taking risks with their own and other peoples' lives," he continued.

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