MORE than 100 motorists were caught flouting the law following a day of action across Dorset.

Officers from Dorset Police’s No Excuse campaign joined Safer Neighbourhood colleagues in Bridport, Sherborne, Weymouth, Blandford, Wareham, Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth.

Using marked and unmarked cars they caught people speeding, using their mobile phone along with other offences.

Brian Austin, No Excuse project manager, said the day of action on June 21 again produced comments that show bad and careless drivers continue to use Dorset’s roads.

• A male lorry driver said: “I’m too busy to put my seat belt on.”

• One young female driver said: “I didn’t have the phone in my hand, I had it wedged under my chin, actually.”

This week the Daily Echo revealed that the number of people killed or seriously injured in accidents on Dorset’s roads between January 1 and April 30 rose by 27 per cent from 2011.

The No Excuse team say they have carried out a number of targeted operations with Safer Neighbourhood officers in recent months following intelligence and information from residents.

New figures show seatbelt and mobile phone offences detected by No Excuse officers have fallen.

In 2011, a total of 993 seat belt offences were detected between January 1 and May 31, compared to 382 in 2012 – and 461 mobile phone offences in that period in 2011, compared to 382 in 2012.