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Van driver found eating cereal at wheel in police campaign

A van driver has been caught shaving at the wheel as part of a week-long clampdown on distracted driving.

213 drivers were stopped for various offences during the week long distracted-driving campaign.

The operation in Hampshire and the Thames Valley stopped a total of 213 drivers for various offences, of which 151 drivers were stopped for being distracted while behind the wheel.

Other examples include and HGV driver caught shaving on the M4 and drivers caught reading.

However the main distraction issue was found to be mobile phone use. Of the 151 drivers caught, 137 were caught using their mobile phones.

Helped by an unmarked HGV tractor unit on loan from Highways England, as well as unmarked police cars and motorbikes, the campaign found many of those stopped for using their mobile phones were holding their devices below the steering wheel, with the drivers looking at the screen instead of the road ahead.

The operation was supported by a DVSA vehicle examiner who joined officers and inspected vehicles stopped during the course of the operation. This resulted in prohibitions on ten vehicles for tyre, brake and steering defects.

Sergeant Paul Diamond, who led the operation, said “It is disappointing to see so many people still using mobile phones while they are driving.

“You can clearly see from the footage from our operation at the end of last year that if a driver’s attention is on their mobile phone, it is not on the road and this can be potentially fatal.

“Sadly we have seen many examples over the last 12 months of lives lost unnecessarily because a driver has not had their full attention on the road.”

The campaign comes as the NPCC embarks on a week-long campaign to cut down on mobile phone use behind the wheel.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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