A five day crackdown by police has revealed shocking examples of dangerous driving. Drivers were filmed reading newspapers, doing their make-up and even playing with i-pads behind the wheel.
'Operation Tramline' caught almost 200 drivers taking stupid risks on the A34 and M4 In Berkshire, on the M40 in Oxfordshire and M27 and M3 in Hampshire. Juliette Fletcher spoke to Sergeant Paul Diamond from the Roads Policing Unit.
Shocking video from Hampshire Police showing a lady putting on her make-up whilst driving.
Operation Tramline resulted in a total of 198 motorists being being prosecuted for driving offences, most of them driving whilst distracted. The faces of the offending motorists have been obscured to prevent them being identified, because each still has the right to contest the prosecution
Sergeant Paul Dimond, who co-ordinated Operation Tramline, said:“Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads. It 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."
Other behaviour by motorists spotted by the Tramline team included: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. 126 motorists were using their mobile phones, 25 were people distracted by other means. A total of 25 lorry drivers were evidenced using their phones with another six being distracted by other means.
The video captured is just a small selection of the 227 driving offences detected during Operation Tramline - a five day police operation run by officers from the Roads Policing Unit across the motorways of Hampshire and the Thames Valley.
A lorry driver brushing his teeth - toothbrush in one hand and water bottle in the other - is one of the examples highlighted, together with video of a woman applying her make-up, checking her face in the rear-view mirror whilst driving on the M27.
Operation Tramline resulted in a total of 198 motorists being being prosecuted for driving offences, most of them driving whilst distracted.