Driver in Surrey seen ‘FaceTiming’ at wheel

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by James Luckhurst


A motorist was seen using video chat app FaceTime while driving, Surrey Police have revealed. The unnamed car driver was using a tablet on his lap while at the wheel. Officers spotted the incident during a three-month pilot scheme which used an unmarked HGV tractor to target lorry drivers breaking the law.

Inspector Richard Mallett, of the Surrey Roads Policing Unit, said officers had also spotted a lorry driver texting with one foot on the dashboard. “The person FaceTiming was actually a car driver, but because we were higher up, we could see down into the car,” he said. He said most of those stopped were lorry drivers, but that a significant number of car drivers were also driving “appallingly”.

A total of 436 vehicles were stopped between February and earlier in April, 270 of which were commercial vehicles. Some 333 drivers were given fixed penalty notices, 44 were given words of advice, 27 received graduated fixed penalties – given to those who do not have UK addresses – and eight were summonsed. Insp Mallett said a knife with a 6in (15cm) blade had been seized from a Dutch lorry driver, who said in Holland it was “a little knife”.