People using a mobile phone while driving will be targeted in a dedicated operation by Cumbria police.
The NPCC National Mobile Phone Operation runs for two weeks from February and will highlight the work done all year round by officers.
Driving while using a mobile phone and even a hands-free device can distract drivers recognising and reacting to hazards.
Cumbria police said while using hands-free devices was legal, they can be just as distracting.
A spokesman added: “The best place for your phone to not distract while driving is in the glove box or out of sight.”
People caught using a handheld phone while driving will get six penalty points on their licence and a £200 fine.
Anyone who gets six points in the first two years after passing their test will lose their licence.
People should only use a handheld phone if they are safely parked or in an emergency to call 999 and are unable to stop.
T/Inspector Stephen Vickers, of the mobile support group, said: “We see the devastating effects of those that have been distracted whilst driving whether that be by a mobile or other device.
“If you use your mobile whilst driving you are four times more likely to crash.
“Nothing is that urgent to risk your life or the life of others. If you do need to check your phone or take a call find a safe space to stop.”
Cumbria crime commissioner Peter McCall said: “Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of fatal driving accidents in the UK alongside drink/drug driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt – also known as ‘The fatal four’.
“Using a mobile phone whilst driving is a selfish act – it not only puts the perpetrator’s life at risk but also the lives of innocent drivers, passengers and pedestrians – no text or call is worth your life.
“I’m glad Cumbria Constabulary are raising awareness about how the police tackle distracted driving and to raise awareness around the dangers of using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel of a vehicle.
“The message is simple – if you need to make a call, find a safe place to park and reduce the risk of a fatal accident.”