Motorists caught shaving and applying make-up behind the wheel

Updated: 

Motorists caught shaving and applying make-up behind the wheel

A five-day police operation on the motorways of Hampshire and Thames Valley that aimed to target distracted drivers has caught motorists shaving, applying make-up and even brushing their teeth behind the wheel.

The crackdown, which saw an unmarked Scania lorry cab driven by officers who videoed offences, led to 198 motorists being prosecuted for driving offences, most of which were driving whilst distracted.

The raised position of the police lorry granted the officers a clear view into car interiors but even those involved in Operation Tramline were shocked by some of the behaviour displayed by careless motorists.

Other notable distracted actions included two van drivers reading newspapers while driving, one person reading a map draped over the steering wheel and two drivers using iPads as they drove.

Predictably, a vast majority of the preoccupied motorists were spotted using their mobile phone (126), 25 of those were lorry drivers and a further six HGV operators were distracted by other means.

All drivers were issued with notices that will result in a £100 fine and three points on their licence.

Sergeant Paul Dimond said: "Many of the people stopped agreed with the police action and were very embarrassed having been caught on their phones.

"The vast majority were holding phones in their lap and accessing applications or texting with their hands held low - this can be very dangerous.

"These offences are being committed by otherwise law abiding and hardworking people. Unfortunately it is that same group of people that are being hurt as a result of the accidents.

"Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads.

"Motorways are statistically the safest roads to travel on. The vast majority of the motorists observed during the week were driving safely in compliance with the law."