M2 lorry driver was stopped on the motorway for using his phone to search for the law about using your phone while …

Kent Police thought they had yet another standard case of a driver using their mobile phone while behind the wheel this afternoon (March 13). Earlier this week, police released a video highlighting some of the drivers they had caught out in their undercover lorry[1] . However, the one they caught on the M2 today had a somewhat ironic twist to it.

The lorry that was stoppedThe lorry that was stopped

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Police spotted the lorry joining the M2 at Junction 5 between Sittingbourne[2] and Maidstone[3] .

When they noticed the driver was on their phone, they pulled the HGV over.

Penalties for using your phone while driving

You can get 6 penalty points and a GBP200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last two years. You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

You can also be taken to court where you can:

  • be banned from driving
  • get a maximum fine of GBP1,000 (GBP2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus)

Officers quizzed the driver on what was so important that he had to break the law, but what they found was incredible.

The driver was involved in a WhatsApp conversation with his partner about the legislation regarding driving while using your mobile phone.

What they found on his phoneWhat they found on his phone

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In Kent Road Policing Unit’s tweet, they said they were “gobsmacked and that “we have educated him”.

Now he’s found out the law the hard way…

References

  1. ^ video highlighting some of the drivers they had caught out in their undercover lorry (www.kentlive.news)
  2. ^ Sittingbourne (www.kentlive.news)
  3. ^ Maidstone (www.kentlive.news)

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