Frightening driver habits shown in crackdown

October 2, 2013 | By | In News

The unbelievable behaviour of some motorists behind the wheel has been revealed in a police crackdown on distracted drivers.

In a five-day operation, Hampshire and Thames Valley police prosecuted 198 motorists for a variety of offences, though most were found to be driving whilst distracted.

Monitoring the M27, M3, A34, M4 and M40 using an unmarked Scania lorry cab, police had an excellent vantage point to observe the actions of car and lorry drivers alike.

The offences they recorded including a lorry driver brushing his teeth, white van men reading newspapers while driving at the national speed limit and car drivers reading from maps and using Facebook on iPads, all while negotiating traffic on the heavily used arterial routes.

One driver was even caught at the wheel having a shave using a razor and a bottle of water.

Unsurprisingly, 126 motorists were found to be using their mobile phones, including 25 HGV drivers.

Amongst the wide selection of vehicles stopped due to mobile phone use were two tractors, a taxi and 38 commercial vans.

All those found to be committing a driving offence were issued with a £100 fine and three penalty points.

Sergeant Paul Dimond, of Operation Tramline, said: "Many of the people stopped agreed with the police action and were very embarrassed having been caught on their phones.

"The vast majority were holding phones in their lap and accessing applications or texting with their hands held low – this can be very dangerous.

"These offences are being committed by otherwise law abiding and hardworking people. Unfortunately it is that same group of people that are being hurt as a result of the accidents.

"Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads.

"Motorways are statistically the safest roads to travel on. The vast majority of the motorists observed during the week were driving safely in compliance with the law."

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