Drivers '˜using mobile phones' in M27 bin lorry crash traffic queues

DRIVERS stuck in traffic after the crash were spotted using their mobile phones '“ prompting a warning from police.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 7:53 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:51 am
The bin lorry on the M27. Credit: UK News in Pictures
The bin lorry on the M27. Credit: UK News in Pictures

One driver, 36, of Southsea, was waiting for 45 minutes on the M27 after a bin lorry crashed at 1.55am, leaving two people injured.

While sitting in traffic she saw eight people using phones.

She said: ‘There was a guy on the motorway – I kept beeping at him and he was oblivious.

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‘You’ve got ambulances, fire engines, and police coming down the hard shoulder and you people put their phone down. They know they’re not meant to be using them.

‘I know people might say they were just telling people they were going to be late but just be five minutes later.

‘Better that than not get there at all.’

It comes after police last week ran a week-long crackdown on drivers using mobile phones.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘It’s illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using handheld phones or similar devices, even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.’