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Driver caught eating their morning cereal at the wheel – what are the rules?

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A DRIVER in Scotland has been caught eating a bowl of cereal behind the wheel of their car by police on the Queensferry Crossing towards Edinburgh.

The 23-year-old was caught as part of a new Operation Tramline which has been running since 26th April.

The police operation uses HGVs to rise above other traffic and get a better view

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The police operation uses HGVs to rise above other traffic and get a better viewCredit: Getty Images

The operation has officers using undercover HGVs to improve their visibility as they sit higher than most other vehicles on the road.

The driver was fined £100 for the offence and had three points added to her licence.

A total of 85 offences were reported in the first two weeks of the initiative.

It is being trialled on dual carriageways and motorways in Fife, in and around Edinburgh and in the Forth Valley area.

Road policing officer Tom Aitken said: “Reducing the number of road casualties is a priority for Police Scotland and we are always looking at ways to enhance our ability to investigate road traffic offences.

“As well as working closely with partners to help make roads safer for all road users, we regularly use footage from dash-cams, head-cams and CCTV to investigate road traffic offences.

“Most people know the effect alcohol and drugs can have on driving, but the small things can be overlooked. It is just not smart eating as you are driving, it is downright dangerous.

“The same goes for using any mobile device and reading. Acting like this means you are distracted and therefore not in proper control of your vehicle. A split second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

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The RAC says: “No, it’s not illegal to eat while driving.

“However, if you get distracted while snacking behind the wheel, the police could prosecute you for careless driving if they consider you to not be in proper control of the vehicle, an offence which carries an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three penalty points.”

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