DRIVERS were caught watching YouTube and using an iPad in a 10-day operation by Hampshire police.
Officers caught 255 motorists driving while distracted during the sting on the county’s motorways, including the M27, between November 2 and November 6 and a fortnight later between November 23 and November 27.
Using the cab of an unmarked truck as a raised vantage point, patrols were carried out between 7am and 3pm.
A total of 416 vehicles were stopped, with 243 people on their phone and 12 others considered to not be in proper control. As well as distraction offences, there were also 12 seatbelt offences and 42 speeding offences.
During the operation, 338 drivers were offered a referral course or given a fixed penalty notice, with 31 others given a verbal warning.
Sergeant Paul Diamond, who organised the operation, said: ‘These results are disappointing as some drivers are putting their own lives and those of others at risk by continuing to ignore repeated messages about distraction driving.
These results are disappointing as some drivers are putting their own lives and those of others at risk by continuing to ignore repeated messages about distraction driving.Sergeant Paul Diamond
‘During the operation officers saw a driver watching YouTube and another using his iPad. One driver even had both feet up on the dashboard while also using his mobile phone.’