Driver caught using screwdriver behind the wheel

A DRIVER was pulled over by police clamping down on dangerous driving - because he was fixing his CB radio microphone with a screwdriver.

The motorist was one of over 500 drivers stopped by officers who used an unmarked heavy goods vehicle to get a better view of offences behind the wheel.

South Yorkshire Police borrowed the lorry to check Doncaster motorists were keeping their eyes on the road.

During a two-week period, they issued 181 fixed penalty notices to people caught using mobile phones at the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt and not being in proper control.

One driver was seen watching a DVD player, while another 320 tachograph offences were detected. Officers also found 20 wagons were carrying dangerous goods.

Chief Insp Stuart Walne, head of roads policing in South Yorkshire, said: “It is pleasing these latest operations have allowed us to educate so many drivers about their behaviour.

“However, at the same time it is alarming many drivers continue to put their life, and the lives of others, in danger with dangerous and irresponsible behaviour behind the wheel.

“Any vehicle that is not being driven correctly can be a lethal weapon – especially large vehicles being driven at speed.”

The operation, which ran between September 12 and September 23, has been employed twice in the last six months by police.