Mo­torist caught in crack­down

Man com­mit­ting sex act while driv­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alex Ballinger

A MAN was caught com­mit­ing a sex act while driv­ing along an Uxbridge mo­tor­way dur­ing po­lice crack­down on dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

The of­fender, in his 50s and from Southamp­ton, was driv­ing his BMW ‘at speed’ along the M40, which leads into Uxbridge.

A po­lice spokesman con­firmed the man was stopped after of­fi­cers spot­ted him car­ry­ing out an ‘in­de­cent act’.

Po­lice caught just un­der 200 driv­ers break­ing the law in just five days as part of a joint oper­a­tion in the Thames Val­ley and Hamp­shire area.

Sergeant Paul Di­a­mond from the Roads Polic­ing Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Unit a said: “We run these op­er­a­tions reg­u­larly be­cause we see col­li­sions ev­ery­day of the week caused by driv­ers not con­cen­trat­ing on the roads ahead.

“Most of the of­fend­ers are not hor­ri­ble crim­i­nals, they are of­ten kind and de­cent peo­ple but they just don’t re­alise the con­se­quences of their ac­tions not just to the vic­tims but on their own lives and to the se­cu­rity of their jobs and fam­ily.

“The irony is that most of the peo­ple we stop agree with what we are do­ing, so why do they do it?”

A to­tal of 187 peo­ple were caught com­mit­ting driv­ing of­fences on roads in­clud­ing the M3, M40, and M4.

The joint oper­a­tion was run by Thames Val­ley Po­lice and Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary from Mon­day June 6 to Fri­day June 10.

It is the eighthw time Oper­a­tion Tram­line has been run and an un­marked car is used to pa­trol the mo­tor­ways while in­ter­cept cars deal with of­fend­ers once they have been iden­ti­fied.

Po­lice added that of­fend­ers were of all ages and walks of life, and were split ‘fairly evenly’ be­tween men and women.

Other of­fences in­cluded one driver read­ing a novel at the wheel and 147 peo­ple us­ing mo­bile phones, with po­lice say­ing the ma­jor­ity were tex­ting or look­ing at the phone rather than the road.

Sgt Di­a­mond added: “We hope op­er­a­tions like this will help save lives and make peo­ple think twice about what they are do­ing while driv­ing and con­cen­trate on the road ahead.”

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