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Commissioner praises No Excuse road safety team

Devon and Cornwall’s dedicated No Excuse road safety team have caught a driver filling out paperwork behind the wheel on the M5 this morning (4 September).

The team tweeted ‘Every job has paperwork, but that doesn’t mean you should be filling it out on your steering wheel whilst driving along the M5!!’

The incident happened near Exeter around 8:30am on Tuesday 4 September.

Distraction driving, including using a mobile phone whilst driving can carry a hefty fine and points on your licence.

This comes as the Police and Crime Commissioner is carrying out engagement about road safety over the summer where distraction driving has ranked as one of the top concerns for Devon and Cornwall residents.

“I am shocked that people still think this kind of behaviour is acceptable,” said Alison Hernandez - the national PCC lead for road safety.

“Nothing is so important that it can’t wait until you have reached your destination or pulled over in a safe place.

“Drivers need to understand that their actions have consequences – some of which can prove fatal. I hope the driver in question learns their lesson and won’t repeat what’s been seen today.

“This is fantastic work by our No Excuse team helping to make our roads safer for all users.”

In July and August the team tweeted nine separate incidents of fines and points delivered to drivers using their phones whilst behind the wheel as well as incidents of speeding, drunk/drug driving and uninsured motorists.

The full results of the PCC’s engagement on road safety will be published at the end of September when events draw to a close.