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Driver was one of 200 caught breaking the law on south's motorways
1:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A LORRY driver brushing his teeth and a man having a shave while at the wheel of his car are among 200 motorists caught breaking the law on the south's motorways.
During a week-long campaign, undercover police officers drove along the county's motorways as well as in neighbouring Thames Valley to catch drivers who were distracted at the wheel.
The operation run by Hampshire and Thames Valley police for the third year running, involved a HGV-qualified police officer driving an unmarked Scania lorry cab while an observer recorded any offences committed.
As well as the man having a shave, with a razor and bottle of water in his hand, they found a total of 198 drivers breaking the law for a variety of driving offences which included:
• A woman doing her make-up in the rear view mirror as she drove on the motorway; Two van drivers reading newspapers whilst they drove;
• One person reading a map on the steering wheel; Two drivers using iPads (one on the steering wheel) whilst they drove;
•One driver using a laptop; One van driver seen accessing Facebook on her mobile phone whilst driving on the M27.
The police crackdown which is called Operation Tramline and is now in its third year, took place over just five days on the M27, M3, A34, M4 and M40.
In total, 227 offences were committed, with 126 drivers caught using their mobile phones while at the wheel.
Sergeant Paul Dimond, said: “Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads.
“Although the focus of the operation was on distraction offences we acted on any offences seen by the lorry as well as any seen by the marked patrol cars in support.”
“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.”
All drivers caught were issued with notices resulting in a £100 fine and three points on their licence. Some will be able to negate the points if they elect to attend a driver awareness course.
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