Cyclist catches woman officer ‘using her mobile phone at the wheel’

Using your phone while driving leads to slower reaction times than drink driving.

Someone may need to have a chat with this officer who appears to be using her mobile while at the wheel of a police van.

She was caught on camera by cyclist Junaid McClymont, 24, whose video appears to show her holding the phone to her mouth.

The footage was captured at a set of traffic lights in Hackney, East London, but despite the vehicle being stopped it is still an offence to use a handheld device while in control of a vehicle.

Mr McClymont catches up with the van and as he pulls up alongside, the officer appears to have a phone in her hand and she lowers it onto her lap out of view.

Cyclist catches police officer 'using her mobile phone at the wheel'
The police woman can be seen holding a black object in her left hand, believed to be her mobile phone (Picture: YouTube)

He takes the officer with the Metropolitan Police Service to task saying: ‘I just caught you on your phone while driving.’

The officer appears to respond saying: ‘I’m not on the phone am I?’

A Met spokesman said: ‘The majority of police personnel in Hackney borough work extremely hard and to the highest standards of professionalism to keep our communities safe.

‘When officers or staff fall short of these high standards, it is absolutely right that it is brought to our attention.

‘Senior officers at Hackney have been made aware of this particular incident and will take the appropriate action.’

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21 September 2014 | 8:54 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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