Driver caught by police watching Dr Who on Warwickshire motorway - The Leamington Observer

Driver caught by police watching Dr Who on Warwickshire motorway

Leamington Editorial 11th Mar, 2020 Updated: 11th Mar, 2020   0

A DR WHO fan’s decision to watch the show while driving on the motorway rather than waiting until he got home could result in court action.

Officers spotted the driver watching it on his phone, in a cradle in front of him, as they patrolled Warwickshire motorways in an HGV supercab.

The five day operation known as ‘Tramline’ targeted drivers posing a danger to themselves and others on the county’s motorways.

Nearly 200 offences were identified including people not wearing seat belts and drivers using mobile phones. Two of those included HGV drivers using ‘facetime’ to video call on the M40. The drivers have been reported.

Sgt Stafford from the Commercial Vehicle Unit said: “Although the figures are a great representation of the worth of the HGV in helping to keep our roads safe, such reckless actions as using face time whilst driving and the high number of offences detected is worrying.

“The two most prominent offences detected over this operation were failure to wear a seat belt (62 offences) and using a mobile phone and we are asking the minority of people who commit these offences to please change their behaviour.

“To hold a driving licence is a privilege and a responsibility, especially those driving larger commercial vehicles, and we will continue to focus our enforcement activities on drivers who are putting themselves and the public at risk on our roads.”

Highways England spokeswoman Marie Biddulph added: “The vast majority of drivers who use our roads every day are sensible and safe behind the wheel but there are some who are putting themselves and others at risk by simply ignoring the law.

“That is why we introduced the three supercabs and are working with our police partners across the country to tackle dangerous driving such as illegally using mobile phones, not wearing seat belts or ignoring red X signs.

“We hope this operation will encourage all motorists to think about their driving.”


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