Manchester

Driver eating bowl of cereal stopped by police in Hyde

A driver eating a bowl of cereal at the wheel of his car has been stopped by police during a crackdown on road safety in Greater Manchester.

The man, who was stopped in Manchester Road, Hyde, was one of four people reprimanded for not being in proper control of a vehicle.

He was given the choice of a fine and penalty points or attending a course.

A further 142 people were stopped for using a phone while driving in the first week of the campaign.

The campaign to educate drivers on road safety will continue up to Christmas.

Supt Craig Thompson said: "You wouldn't drink and drive so why is it OK to use a phone when in control of a vehicle?

"We can all make a difference by urging people to think about their actions."

From next year, new penalties will be in place with motorists caught using a mobile phone receiving six points on their licence rather than the current three.

The fine will also double, to £200.

More than 5,000 drivers in Greater Manchester have been given fixed penalty notices or sent on a mobile phone awareness course in the past two years, the force said.

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