A motorist was left facing prosecution after police caught him having a shave at the wheel as he drove on a motorway.
Officers were conducting an operation against distracted drivers when they caught the motorist using a razor and water bottle to clear his stubble.
The dozens of motorists they stopped on major roads in the Thames Valley and Hampshire during Operation Tramline also included a woman who was spotted doing her make-up in the rear view mirror while driving.
Heightened accident risk
Driving while distracted increases the risk of a road traffic accident and dozens now face prosecution for motoring offences. Most are being prosecuted for driving while distracted on the M3, M4, M27, M40 and A34.
One truck driver was spotted brushing his teeth at the wheel with two van drivers seen reading newspapers.
Another two were caught using their iPads and another was reading a map laid out on their steering wheel as they drove.
Of the 198 motorists being prosecuted, 126 – 25 of them lorry drivers – face action for using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.
Drivers face £100 fines
Police officers recorded the offences, which put them and others at risk of having a road accident, from the cab of an unmarked Scania lorry travelling along the roads over a five-day period.
All those caught face a £100 fine and three points on their driving licence after being issued with notices.
Sergeant Paul Dimond said many of those stopped were “very embarrassed” and agreed with the police action.
He added: “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.”
Sergeant Dimond said driving while distracted was a proven factor in many
road traffic accidents, which motorists involved in can seek advice for via Accident Advice Helpline. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
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