Survey’s shock results

POLICE have revealed that a third of lorries stopped in an operation on the A1 at Sawtry were being driven illegally – one driver was watching television. Offences also included drivers not taking sufficient breaks and mechanical defects. Sgt Simon Goldsm

POLICE have revealed that a third of lorries stopped in an operation on the A1 at Sawtry were being driven illegally - one driver was watching television.

Offences also included drivers not taking sufficient breaks and mechanical defects.

Sgt Simon Goldsmith said: "Of the 45 vehicles stopped, a total of 15 drivers fell outside regulations.

"Some of the mechanical defects we found were quite frightening and these defective lorries are an accident waiting to happen."


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One driver was found to be driving illegally using kerosene instead of diesel, while a German driver was found with a 19in television on the dashboard of his 40-tonne vehicle.

Sgt Goldsmith said: "To be watching television while driving is unbelievably dangerous at any time, but particularly so when in charge of a massive vehicle.

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"Lorries do not need to be travelling at particularly high speeds to cause devastating accidents."

In December 2005, young mother Stacey Gitsham and her two children were killed when a lorry ploughed into their car on the A1.

Lorry driver James Wingfield was jailed for three years for what the judge called "a prolonged period of inattention".

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