Police crackdown on Vic driver phone use

Benita Kolovos

Plain-clothed police at intersections and officers on motorbikes are being deployed to tackle the "gobsmacking" use of mobile phones by drivers across Victoria.

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer says the style of offending has changed from drivers holding a phone to their ear, to holding it in their lap and scrolling, which is harder for police to spot.

"Some of the behaviour we've seen is just completely gobsmacking, we have people who are taking selfies of themselves with their kids in the back seat, we've got people watching movies, we've got people responding to social media," he told reporters on Monday.