A DRIVER has been condemned after being caught on camera watching television on a dual carriageway.
The shocking moment was captured on another motorist’s dashcam just as the driver joined the M27.
Road safety charity Brake and the family of a man killed by a driver have condemned the unknown video-watcher as irresponsible.
Kayleigh Greest, from Gosport, whose father Andrew was killed by a drink-driver in 2013, said it was disgraceful.
Speaking about dangerous drivers, the 24-year-old said: ‘They just don’t think. They don’t realise and think they can get in their cars.
‘It’s not until they’ve killed someone.
‘It’s absolutely ridiculous – I can’t believe it. It’s terrible – a disgrace.’
James McLoughlin, from Brake, added: ‘Watching any display with moving images at the wheel is irresponsible behaviour.’
Jon Ashley spotted the driver in Whiteley on the dual carriageway driving to Junction 9 of the M27.
The 46-year-old said the mystery driver stopped in front of him at traffic lights and he saw the screen.
He said: ‘I quickly turned on my dashcam, and through the zoom on that I could see he was actually watching TV while driving.
‘I was absolutely gobsmacked. This guy was watching an absorbing video in his car and was just about to join the motorway.
‘I was flabbergasted and horrified – it is just crazy.’
The man was alone in his car, Mr Ashley said.
‘He is an accident waiting to happen,’ he added.
‘He is an absolute idiot. He was either oblivious or just didn’t care. I hope it is not the latter.
‘I personally think he is just oblivious and doesn’t know what he is doing.’
Mr Ashley, of Park Gate, recorded the video at around 9pm.
He added that although the road was quiet at the time it was still dangerous behaviour.
He said: ‘How long before that guy is in a very close call or is in an accident because he is watching TV?’
Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Safety Sergeant, Rob Heard, said drivers looking at screens are four more times likely to be in a crash.
‘It seems many people still do not understand the dangers of using a mobile phone, other handheld devices or other distractions while driving.
‘The majority of people know they should not be using a phone or device at the wheel, but don’t seem to understand what a huge distraction it is.’
Charities say motorists being distracted is on the rise
CHARITIES have criticised the driver caught on camera watching TV.
Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, also voiced fears over distraction drivers.
‘It is concerning that motorists are increasingly driving while distracted.
‘A recent Department for Transport study found 1.6 per cent of drivers using a mobile phone at the wheel.’
James McLoughlin, from Brake, added: ‘We’re calling on the government to increase fines and make traffic policing a national priority to deter risky, multi-tasking drivers.’