Shocking Footage Shows Truck Driver Writing on Notepad While Driving at Speed

By John Smithies, Epoch Times
March 30, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018    

This shocking footage shows the moment an unmarked police vehicle caught a truck driver writing on a notepad while driving at speed.

The footage shows the dangerous driver using the notepad while traveling along the M6 motorway in the UK.

The driver is seemingly oblivious to being filmed and continues to make notes during the 30-second clip captured by Highways England.

John Walford, incident prevention manager at Highways England, said in a statement, “Police officers have pulled over more than 5,000 drivers for offences which could have resulted in serious collisions, either because road users have got into bad habits or are simply ignoring the law.

“We’ve found that the vast majority of drivers are sensible behind the wheel but some are putting themselves and others at risk.”

The unmarked police truck has stopped a total of 5,408 drivers in relation to 6,257 offences and Highways England is funding three new trucks to patrol motorways across England, with wide-angle cameras to capture unsafe driving behaviour.

The most common offences filmed by the truck include using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, and drivers not in proper control of their vehicles.

The trucks allow police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving by pulling up alongside vehicles.

Drivers are then pulled over by police cars following behind.

One driver pulled over by Devon and Cornwall Police was found to have sent 10 replies to 10 texts within one hour, while a motorist in Surrey was seen trying to put toothpaste on a toothbrush.

Another driver in the East Midlands was spotted steering with his knees while he ate his lunch and used his mobile phone.

Last year, the British government doubled the penalty for drivers caught using their phones at the wheel.

Motorists now receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

 

Video credit: SWNS

 

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