PCC David Munro said: “This is something that none of us should take lightly and it is imperative that motorists understand that they will be prosecuted if caught using a phone at the wheel.
“Of course using a phone could result in a fine, but what about the worst case scenario? Using a mobile at the wheel endangers yourself and others and that momentary lapse in judgement or concentration can have fatal consequences as we have sadly seen in a number of recent cases.
“Too many drivers, including here in Surrey, have become complacent and this is having a serious effect on the safety of all road users across the county.
“I want it to become commonly recognised that being distracted by a mobile phone whilst driving is socially unacceptable and can be as dangerous as drink-driving.
“Too often drivers gamble with their own and others safety and something must be done to change this behaviour – if you need to use your phone whilst driving, pull over.”
For more information on the week’s operation, please visit the NPCC website.