The number of drivers pulled over for making a call or sending a message in Surrey has dropped by more than 1,300 last year.
Statistics have revealed a gradual decline in fixed penalty notices issued to motorists for phone usage in the county since 2010.
Research has shown that reaction times for drivers using a handheld device are around 50% slower than when people are driving under normal conditions.
Drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will receive a £60 fine and could also be given three penalty points on their licence.
According to a national survey, a high percentage of drivers argued that using a mobile phone whilst driving was the most annoying driving habit.