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159 Regina drivers were caught using handheld cell phones during a two-day enforcement blitz. (AP)

Police in Regina say a two-day focus on distracted drivers resulted in a total of 159 tickets being issued.

The enforcement campaign was aimed at motorists using handheld mobile devices, and texting or talking without the use of a hands-free system.

Police said 87 tickets were issued on Thursday and 72 tickets were handed out on Friday.

"I have to say that it's a little discouraging to find that so many people aren't deterred by the potential consequence of a $280 ticket and the four demerit points or, more importantly, the potential for a collision resulting in property damage, injury or death," Elizabeth Popowich, spokeswoman for the Regina police, said in releasing the enforcement results.