Lorry driver is fined £100 after being caught balancing a LAPTOP on his dashboard while driving on the M20 in Kent
- Offending haulier was caught as part of a new crackdown on major Kent roads
- He was spotted by police officers in an unmarked Large Goods Vehicle (LGV)
- LGV lent to Kent Police by National Highways to allow better view inside vehicles
A lorry driver has been fined £100 for balancing a laptop on his dashboard while driving along the busy M20 motorway in Kent.
The offending driver was caught by Kent Police as part of a new crackdown on dangerous driving on major roads and motorways across the county – which last week alone saw dozens of motorists caught red-handed while at the wheel.
The haulier was spotted with his HP laptop open and placed on the dashboard by officers inside an unmarked Large Goods Vehicle (LGV).
The LGV was provided to the force by National Highways to allow investigators to better see into cars and larger vehicles.
Motorists caught committing driving offences were filmed and then stopped by marked police cars.
Across the second week of January, nine LGVs, nine Heavy Goods Vehicles and 26 other motorists were stopped for offences including using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, not being in control of the vehicle, not having insurance, carrying an insecure load, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The haulier in Kent was spotted with his HP laptop open (pictured) and on the dashboard by officers inside an unmarked Large Goods Vehicle (LGV)
A total of 44 motorists in Kent were stopped and fined, given points or educational advice over this period.
The operation also resulted in a man being arrested after an officer on a police motorbike smelt cannabis coming from his car, which was travelling on the M10.
The rider stopped the motorist and he was detained on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs.
Chief Inspector Craig West said: ‘A momentary lapse in concentration, such as talking on the phone, texting, or looking at a device such as a laptop in the vehicle, can have disastrous and life-changing consequences.
‘Use of the unmarked lorry helps us see directly inside the driver’s cab, something we can’t do with our normal marked and unmarked police vehicles.
‘Offences that we identify carry a fine and points on your licence, so ask yourself if it is really worth it.
‘I strongly urge those caught in this operation and others who have used such devices while driving to learn from their mistakes and drive safely in future. We won’t hesitate to take action against those placing others in danger.’
National Highways Regional Safety Programme Manager, Colin Evans, added: ‘We know the majority of people drive safely and sensibly but unfortunately a minority of motorists flout the law and put themselves and others at risk.
‘Working closely with our police partners and through the use of the supercabs we want to encourage all drivers – whatever vehicle they are in – to think twice about their behaviour behind the wheel and make sure everyone gets to their destination safely.’
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