'That is so dangerous': Speeding driver had phone showing cricket scores strapped to steering wheel

A driver pulled over for speeding in Smithfield shows police how he strapped his phone to the steering wheel. Picture: NSW Police
A driver pulled over for speeding in Smithfield shows police how he strapped his phone to the steering wheel. Picture: NSW Police

Cricket fans are known for being fanatical. But this is just not cricket.

A speeding driver was stopped in Smithfield on Sunday night when police discovered he was driving with his phone strapped to the steering wheel, while a toddler was wrongly restrained in the back.

The phone was displaying live score updates of the World Cup cricket match between Australia and India, as well as the navigational screen. At the time, superstar Virat Kohli was at the crease for India.

In a video of the incident released by the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command on Monday, a police officer is almost lost for words as he informs the driver that his phone set-up is dangerous.

"There's a mobile phone on your steering wheel," the officer says, moving the wheel back and forth as the phone spins around.

"Sir, you can't have that," he says. "That is ... that is so dangerous. I've never seen that before in my life."

The driver shows the police officer the strap he's using to attach the phone to the steering wheel, apparently oblivious to the problem answering "yea" when asked "You were driving like that?"

The driver was stopped at 10.10pm for doing 96km/h in a 70km/h zone on the Cumberland Highway, Smithfield.

A two-year-old girl was seated in the rear of the vehicle, police said. While restrained in a child seat, it was not the correct seat for her age.

The 33-year-old driver from Liverpool was issued three infringement notices: for speeding, using a mobile phone and having a child incorrectly restrained. With long weekend double demerits, he received a total of 24 demerit points - nearly double the number of points it takes to lose a licence.

Four people have lost their lives on NSW during the June long weekend - three of them in southern NSW.

During, Operation Stay Alert, which started on Friday and concludes at midnight, police said there had been 201 major crashes across the state.

There has also been 3381 speeding infringements issued and 370 people have been caught without seatbelts. After 162,938 breath tests, 204 people had been charged with drink-driving.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said: "If you are caught in traffic, be patient. You should not let your current circumstances tempt you into taking risks that place you or your family in more danger of being involved in a crash."