Officers handed out 7,966 fixed penalty notices for the offence in a week-long campaign last November.
The hourly tally of 47 is the highest yet for a week of enforcement on “distraction driving”.
The totals for three previous initiatives were 2,690 in May 2015, 2,276 in September 2015 and 2,323 in May last year.
An average of 47 drivers were caught every hour using mobile phones in police crackdown
The National Police Chiefs’ Council released the figures ahead of a fresh clampdown starting today.
Thirty-six forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland took part in the November campaign, stopping 10,012 vehicles.
As well as detecting nearly 8,000 mobile phone offences, police identified 117 other “distraction” offences.
Police detected nearly 8,000 mobile phone offences and identified 117 other 'distraction' offences
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Officers handed out 7,966 fixed penalty notices for the offence in a week-long campaign
The Department of Transport is set to introduce legislation doubling the punishment for using a handheld mobile phone while driving, with the fine rising to £200 and the number of penalty points increasing to six.
Ministers have also proposed tougher sentences for drivers who cause death while using a phone.
This week, police forces around the country will be running targeted operations and education campaigns.