Lorry drivers have been pictured eating and reading behind the wheel on some of Britain’s busiest motorways.
Police have warned that attitudes need to change and that being distracted can have disastrous consequences, while the AA said such behaviour can be ‘dire’.
Other drivers were talking on the phone or looking at paperwork, while another was spotted with his arms crossed and elbows on the steering wheel.
Pictures were taken on the M20 near Ashford in kent, the M4 near Swindon and the M1 in Yorkshire.
Brake’s Jason Wakeford said: ‘These are shocking images showing drivers with a total disregard for the safety of other road users.’
The AA’s Edmund King, who recalled once seeing a motorist eating a Chinese takeaway using chopsticks, suggested there is a worrying perception that people, especially those in high-up lorry cabs, will not be caught.
He said: ‘I think the problem with some lorry drivers is they get particularly bored on motorways – they are on long, straight roads, they are driving for hours.
‘I think some feel that because they are high up in the cab it is harder to spot them and I think that encourages some of them to do things they really shouldn’t.’
Police forces around the country have been using unmarked vehicles, including lorries, to catch out drivers engaging in distracting activities behind the wheel.
PC Dan Pascoe of Surrey Police, who said they came across one driver they believe was using Snapchat, described the use of an unmarked lorry as ‘invaluable’, with the force catching 26 people in one day earlier this month.
He said: ‘If we can promote the fact that we’re out in all different types of vehicles, whether it’s an unmarked lorry, an unmarked van, an unmarked car, an unmarked motorbike, we’ll use everything that we can as different tactics to deal with people.’
Mr King said: ‘Driving a 44-tonne lorry, whether it’s on a motorway or any other road, the consequences of looking down and being distracted for a second or two seconds are absolutely dire.’
Lorry driver Tomasz Kroker was jailed for 10 years last year after killing a woman and three children by ploughing into their stationary car on the A34 near Newbury, Berkshire, while distracted by his phone.
Penalties and fines for drivers caught using a phone illegally were doubled to six points and £200 respectively in March.
A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: ‘Anyone who is distracted can be prosecuted for careless or dangerous driving.’