Learner driver caught using mobile phone on M27 slip proad

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A POLICE crackdown has caught a learner driver using a mobile phone on a motorway slip road.

Hampshire police said the driver was spotted using a phone on the A31 slip road for the M27.

It comes as road policing unit officers are cracking down on drivers using phones and other distractions this week.

A police spokesman said: ‘In total three police vehicles on M27 identified 33 drivers on their mobile phones from 7am to 3pm.

‘Other offences were also identified including careless driving, no tax, speeding and document offences but the primary focus of the operation was on distracted drivers.

‘One of those drivers on a mobile phone was a learner driver.

‘Seven were in heavy goods vehicles.

‘These figures included cars, vans and HGVs.

‘Older and younger drivers, professionals and non-professional drivers alike.’

Police yesterday focused on the M27 between junctions 2 and 3.

But the officers will be targeting motorways and major A roads through the area in a bid to drive down the number of crashes caused by drivers using mobile phones.

Police caught 15 drivers in just 30 minutes at rush hour.