Monday 16 January 2017

Driver eating bowl of cereal caught by police in mobiles crackdown operation

Published 23/11/2016 | 12:36

The first week of the crackdown saw 142 drivers stopped for using a mobile phone
The first week of the crackdown saw 142 drivers stopped for using a mobile phone

A man eating a bowl of cereal while driving was stopped by police.

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The motorist was stopped in Manchester Road in Hyde, Greater Manchester, as officers began an operation to educate people about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

The first week of the Greater Manchester Police crackdown saw 142 drivers stopped for using a phone.

Four more, including the driver who ate his breakfast at the wheel, were reprimanded for not being in proper control of a vehicle.

Superintendent Craig Thompson said: "Last week was just the beginning of our focus on these offences over the coming weeks and sent a clear message to anyone using a mobile phone while driving - it will absolutely not be tolerated here in Greater Manchester and it must stop."

The operation is set to continue in the run-up to Christmas.

From next year, new penalties will be see drivers get six points on their licence and a £200 spot fine if they are caught using a mobile phone while driving.

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