"I WAS just picking a song."

That was the excuse a driver gave to police this morning (February 17) after they were pulled over for using their mobile phone while behind the wheel.

This month, Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in a national crackdown on mobile phone use while driving.

Close to 200 road users have been stopped for using their phones behind the wheel in the space of just two weeks.

Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team's PC Shields, who stopped the motorist today, posted on Facebook: "Keep it out of reach! This morning whilst out on patrol looking for those involved in rural, wildlife, heritage and waste crime, I came across a person driving whilst using their mobile phone.

"Their excuse? 'I was just picking a song'!

"Expensive and wrong decision, possible six points and £200 fine, driver reported. Remember, we all want safer rural roads, so please play your part."