Saturday 25 March 2017

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

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.

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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