Woman fined for eating bowl of cereal while driving on motorway

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Hungry motorist among dozens who broke the law from the cab of an unmarked police truck

A woman has been fined £100 after police caught her eating a bowl of cereal while driving on a busy motorway.

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The 23-year-old was among dozens of criminals caught by police using an unmarked truck to identify illegal driving.

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She was also given three points on her driving license after officers caught her crossing the southbound M90 Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh.

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Police Scotland traffic officers have used an unmarked truck cab as part of Operation Tramline, which has previously caught thousands of offenders elsewhere in the UK.

Using a phone while driving is the most common crime discovered by Operation Tramline officers

Since the start of the operation at the end of April, 36 drivers have been warned and 85 fined for various offences. Most of these (47) concerned using a mobile phone while driving. These include a truck driver who was caught steering with his forearms while using his phone with both hands. He was fined £200 and given six penalty points.

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Road Police Officer Tom Aitken said: “Most people are aware of the effects alcohol and drugs can have on driving, but the little things can be overlooked. It’s just not wise to eat while driving, it’s downright dangerous.

“The same goes for using any mobile device and reading. If you do this, you will be distracted and not in proper control of your vehicle. Loss of concentration for a split second could lead to an accident.”

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Road Traffic Officer Tom Aitken added: “Reducing the number of road casualties is a priority for Police Scotland and we are always looking at ways to improve our ability to investigate traffic offences.

“The truck gives officers a good view of the drivers and what they are doing. It is another tool we are using to make Scotland’s roads safer.”

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