VIDEO footage of driving offences detected during a police operation has been released.
Hampshire Constabulary released the video this morning and it shows a small selection of the 227 driving offences from Operation Tramline.
The five-day police operation, run by officers from the ROads Policing Unit across the motorways of Hampshire and the Thames Valley, caught drivers accessing social media through mobile phones, using laptops and texting.
A selection of the video footage includes a lorry driver brushing his teeth - toothbrush in one hand and water bottle in the other and a woman applying her make-up and checking her face in the rear-view mirror whilst driving on the M27.
Sergeant Paul Diamond, who co-ordinated the successful operation, said: ‘Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads.
‘The vast majority were holding phones in their lap and accessing applications or texting with their hands held low – this is incredibly dangerous both for the motorist and for other road users.
‘Driving distracted 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.’
Operation Tramline resulted in a total of 198 motorists being prosecuted for driving offences, most of them driving whilst distracted.
The operation ran from September 23 till September 27, focussing on the M27, M3, A34, M4 and M40. The video was filmed by officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit from a Scania HGV cab, hired specifically to give them an elevated vantage point to spot distracted driving offences.
The faces of the offending motorists have been obscured to prevent them being identified, because each still has the right to contest the prosecution.
In total 198 individual vehicles were identified committing offences, with some vehicles evidencing a number of offences bringing the total to 227.
All drivers were issued with notices that will result in a £100 fine and three points on their licence.
Some will be able to negate the points if they elect to attend a driver awareness course.