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    Niel wrote:
    Lambo1976 wrote:
    The Salv wrote:
    Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
    and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position
    No, but distracted drivers do some very stupid things without looking properly, add in prat nav's telling them to do something and they do that without looking at all, assuming they can even see the road properly! Prat nav centre of screen screen can't see the pavement, children especially are hidden, to the right by the A pillar and you can loose a car, let alone a bike, or one taxi driver who I saw who had a lap-top GPS directly infront of him, looking round it to see the road!

    The queue's on the M27 are revealing, texting is common, phones as phones to, and Kindle's are replacing paperbacks, but not the broadsheets yet!!!

    The Slav also hit on one of the biggest problems, smoking, ok if you must fine, USE YOUR ASHTRAY, not the road or other people's faces, riding in traffic isn't much fun with fag ash in your eyes!
    You are taking the p*ss. I've never tried to read anything so badly written before. Why post if you can't be bothered to make yourself understood ? Remember, all taxpayers pay/paid for your education, and we deserve a bit more respect."
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Police crackdown on drivers using their mobiles

Police crackdown on drivers using their mobiles

Police crackdown on drivers using their mobiles

First published in Travel

MORE than 80 drivers were caught flouting the law on the county's motorways during a crackdown by police.

A five day operation launched across Hampshire and the Thames Valley resulted in 88 motorists being prosecuted for driving whilst distracted including 55 caught driving whilst using their mobile phones.

Four vehicles were dedicated to the operation from Monday to Friday last week including two marked cars, one two marked motorbikes, and an unmarked Scania lorry cab, hired specifically for the operation along the M27 and M3, M4, M40 and the M25.

Throughout Operation Tramline, an HGV-qualified officer drove the cab whilst an observer recorded and videoed any offences committed.

Sergeant Paul Diamond, who led the operation said: “We know for sure that we were to able to detect at least 28 offences from the high up vantage point that the cab gives us, that we could not have spotted from ground level.”

Out of the 112 drivers stopped, 55 were caught using a phone, 33 distraction offences were recorded, 68 notices issued.

Four motorists were also caught speeding, one went through a red light, four reported for unnecessary over taking and two for seatbelt offences.

There were also a number of offences committed by commercial drivers including load infringements and not taking the required amount of rest breaks.

Sergeant Diamond who led the operation in conjunction with Thames Valley under a new Joint Operations Unit Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a very successful operation which we will run again. Our message could not be clearer - focus on the wheel when you're driving - no phone call, text message or anything else is as important as a person's life.”

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