Police crack down on drivers caught snacking at the wheel

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A REMORSEFUL motorist yesterday admitted 'not being in full control' after being caught by police eating a sandwich while driving.

The driver was one of eight people stopped during a police operation for either snacking or drinking without both hands on the wheel and their full attention on the road.

It was part of a crackdown that primarily focused on people using their mobile phones while driving, including sending and checking messages or browsing social media. While no-one was caught on their phone on this occasion, motorists who tucked into sandwiches or coffee were warned that it was an offence – one that could even result in a court appearance, fine and driving ban.

A 51-year-old, who did not want to give his name, said he did not realise it was an offence but admitted that he could see the dangers.

'You are not in control if one hand is free,' he said as he vowed he had learned his lesson.

The other drivers caught eating and drinking were given advice and a caution by officers as part of the crackdown between the Red Lion and Halfway junction.

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