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Video: Drivers brush teeth, use laptops and even shave on the motorway
A VIDEO of drivers brushing their teeth, applying make-up and using iPads on Hampshire's roads has been released today by police.
It comes after a week-long campaign saw undercover officers drive along the county's major roads to catch drivers who were distracted at the wheel.
The video which was filmed by Hampshire Constabulary's Road Policing Unit from a Scania HGV cab, hired to give them an elevated vantage point to spot distracted driving offences was part of Operation Tramline.
The operation was run by Hampshire Constabulry and Thames Valley police from September 23 to 27 and the offences were recorded on the M27, M3, A34, M4 and M40.
Overall the operation saw 198 motorists being prosecuted for 227 driving offences, with 126 drivers caught using their mobile phones while at the wheel.
Some of the most eye-catching incidents included a man shaving with a razor and bottle of water in his hand, a woman doing her make-up in the rear view mirror as she drove on the motorway and two drivers using iPads whilst they drove.
In another incident, a driver was caught using a laptop, a van driver was seen using Facebook on her mobile phone whilst driving on the M27 and two van drivers reading newspapers whilst they drove.
Co-ordinating Operation Tramline was Sergeant Paul Dimond. He said: “Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads. . The vast majority were holding phones in their lap and accessing applications or texting with their hands held low - this is incredibly dangerous both for the motorist and for other road users.
“Driving distracted is one of the 'fatal four' causes of road deaths and collisions in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Through innovative use of equipment and technology available to us, we will continue to crack down on this and will repeat Operation Tramline again in the future."
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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