Shocking moment lorry driver caught watching film on M20 motorway

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Shocking footage has emerged of the moment police officers caught a reckless lorry driver watching a film while driving on a busy motorway.

Police caught the driver balancing a laptop on the dashboard while driving on the M20 motorway in Kent, with the screen perilously blocking two lanes of the carriageway.

Astonishing footage released by officers showed reckless drivers on their mobile phones as well as checking paperwork.

It comes after Kent Police launched a crackdown on dangerous driving by lorry drivers on motorways.

The driver was caught balancing the laptop on his dashboard to watch a film (Kent Police)

Officers patrolled the M20 in an unmarked 40-tonne lorry for five days in July, stopping and fining lorry drivers caught out for driving dangerously.

Drivers caught committing offences were filmed by the undercover coppers, before marked police cars flagged down the reckless drivers.

One driver was stopped for driving at 105mph on the motorway.

One driver was caught checking paperwork behind the wheel (Kent Police)

Across the five days, 37 drivers were stopped for using mobiles, 33 for speeding, two for driving an inappropriate vehicle in lane three, and one for a child seatbelt offence.

Superintendent Andrew Reeves said: “This five day operation has made it clear that despite the costs a minority of motorists are still prepared to break the law.

“Any 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.

He added: “It is completely unacceptable behaviour, which puts the individual and other road users at risk. 

“I 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.”

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