Hampshire police prosecute 65 motorists in crackdown on driving offences

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SIXTY-FIVE motorists face prosecution following a police crackdown on people driving while distracted.

Officers stopped 84 vehicles after spotting their drivers committing offences in Operation Tramline.

Among them were one man spotting eating a pear with a knife at the wheel, and another motorist who was spotted drinking coffee, using a laptop and writing down answers to a radio quiz while driving.

In total 39 drivers were prosecuted for driving whilst using mobile phones.

And 26 drivers were prosecuted for being distracted or not in proper control of their vehicles during the five-day operation last week.

As well as distraction and mobile phone offences, a further 48 other offences were identified by the team, ranging from defective tyres to insufficient drivers’ rest.

Sergeant Paul Diamond led the operation. He said: ‘Forty-one of these offences would not have been identified by regular patrol vehicles and so this operation was very much a success.

‘The new Joint Operations Unit will be looking at the possibility of running a similar operation in the future to target both Hampshire and Thames Valley Police area motorway networks.

‘We received significant vocal support from drivers during the week and were encouraged by the reaction of the road using community.

‘This should send a very loud message out to motorists. If you are caught using your mobile phone whilst driving you will face a £60 fine and three points on your licence.

‘Should you crash whilst driving distracted or on your phone, causing death by careless driving is punishable by 14 years in prison and we will seek to robustly prosecute anyone committing these offences.

‘Do not put yourself or others at risk.’