M-way lorry driver caught watch­ing film on his lap­top

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A lorry driver has been stopped by po­lice af­ter be­ing caught out watch­ing a film on the M20.

Po­lice have re­leased shock­ing footage af­ter stop­ping sev­eral driv­ers dicing with death on the mo­tor­ways.

In one case, of­fi­cers stopped a lorry driver on the M20 and found he could only see a small frac­tion of the road ev­ery time he glanced at his lap­top screen.

He was one of dozens of driv­ers who were stopped, fined, given points or ed­u­ca­tional ad­vice in a spe­cial roads polic­ing op­er­a­tion.

Last week, po­lice pa­trolled the M20 in an un­marked large goods ve­hi­cle.

The 40-tonne lorry al­lows of­fi­cers to see into cars and larger ve­hi­cles.

Mo­torists caught com­mit­ting of­fences were filmed and then stopped by marked po­lice cars. In one case, a sports car was stopped for driv­ing at 105mph on the M20 coast­bound be­tween junc­tions 10 and 11.

Across the five days, 37 driv­ers were stopped for us­ing mo­bile de­vices, 33 for speed­ing, two for driv­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate ve­hi­cle in lane three and one for a child seat­belt of­fence. In to­tal, 25 fines were is­sued, 15 were re­ported for of­fences and in 33 cases ad­vice was given by of­fi­cers.

Supt An­drew Reeves said: “This five-day op­er­a­tion has made it clear that de­spite the costs a mi­nor­ity of mo­torists are still pre­pared to break the law.

“Any mo­men­tary lapse in con­cen­tra­tion, such as talk­ing on the phone, tex­ting or look­ing at a de­vice such as a lap­top in the ve­hi­cle, can have dis­as­trous and life-chang­ing con­se­quences.

“It is for this rea­son that such of­fences can carry a large fine and six points on your li­cence.

“It is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, which puts the in­di­vid­ual and other road users at risk.

“I urge those caught in this op­er­a­tion and oth­ers who have used such de­vices while driv­ing to learn from their mis­takes and drive safely in fu­ture.”

The driver’s lap­top was ob­scur­ing the wind­screen

One driver was caught read­ing pa­pers at the wheel

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