A driver was fined and given 6 points on his licence after being caught eating a bowl of cereal whilst driving.
The man was caught in Greater Manchester and was one of four people who were stopped that day for not being in proper control of their vehicle. This includes people being distracted by mobile phones or eating other foods.
The government have introduced new penalties for next year that will be put into action for drivers caught using their mobiles, meaning they will be liable for 6 points on their licence rather than 3. The fine will also be doubles to extend to £200.
More than 140 people were also stopped on the crackdown on Manchester Road, Hyde, as the police attempt to make the roads safer for drivers and pedestrians crossing the busy area. In 2013 75 people were killed on Manchester’s roads. The campaign to educate drivers will carry on till Christmas this year.
Superintendent Mr Craig Thompson has said
“You wouldn’t drink and drive so why is it OK to use a phone when in control of a vehicle?[…]We can all make a difference by urging people to think about their actions.
In Greater Manchester alone over 5,000 drivers have been given Fixed Penalty Notices or have been put on a handheld phone awareness course in the past couple of years, the police said.
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