A POLICE operation which saw officers recording drivers from an unmarked HGV revealed drivers watching a DVD player and another making repairs to a CB radio microphone with a screwdriver.

South Yorkshire Police specialist roads policing officers dealt with over 500 offences on the county’s motorways - which included the Barnsley stretch. 181 fines were handed out for offences like using a mobile phone at the wheel, not wearing a seatbelt and not being in proper control.

A spokesman said: "The most reckless behaviour included one driver watching a DVD player and another making repairs to a CB radio microphone with a screwdriver, with no hands on the wheel. In addition, 320 tachograph offences were detected, one driver was dealt for using red diesel and another was dealt with for being in control of vehicle that was 1.6 tonnes overweight.

"By borrowing an unmarked heavy goods vehicle, it gave officers the ability to see directly into the cabs of commercial vehicles as well as getting a different view of regular vehicles to check whether their drivers were keeping their eyes on the road."