This is the moment a woman is caught on her phone behind the wheel of a Porsche in London.

Video footage shot by a road safety campaigning cyclist, who goes by the pseudonym CyclingMikey on social media, shows the female driver stopped at a red light at road works in Kensington.

The cyclist can be seen catching up with the sports car in Kensington Church Street where the woman driver is on her phone in the middle of the lane.

He tells her she isn’t allowed to use a phone while driving, adding: “I’m going to report you to the police for using your phone.”

The cyclist then reads out the registration number and notes he can hear the engine running. The driver replies, saying she was using her phone to navigate in a bid to find a friend, but the cyclist then claims she was using WhatsApp.

She replies, “I can’t find my friend”, to which he replies: “Good luck finding your friend, but you can’t use your phone while driving.”

The woman then admits to knowing that, with the cyclist replying: “I’m still reporting it. You can make those arguments to the magistrates.”

She then asks him not to tell the police, before the lights turn green and the traffic moves on.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said of the alleged offence on September 1, 2022: “A report has been received and is being assessed.”

It is illegal to use a mobile phone behind the wheel on Britain’s roads, even if you are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic, driving a vehicle that turns off the engine automatically when not moving or supervising a learner driver.

Hands-free mobile devices can be used when driving as long as they are not held at any time during their use.

If you use a hand-held phone when driving, you face getting six penalty points on your licence and a £200 fine.

Figures recently obtained via a Freedom of Information request submitted to West Yorkshire Police show between August 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, a total of 4,386 videos of suspected road offences.

Of these, 1,198 were reported by cyclists, 2,814 by motorists and 374 by pedestrians.

Road safety campaigners point to a number of dangers posed by drivers who use mobiles while driving.

These include distracted drivers on mobile phones not being as aware of filtering cyclists and motorcyclists as well as being unaware when small children walk in front of their vehicles.

Campaigners say strong policing of minor traffic offences will have a strong effect on cutting collisions which kill and seriously injure people.

They add drivers remain distracted even after putting down their mobiles when driving, as their attention continues to be diverted from the road ahead.

To report a suspected road crime in London visit the Met Police’s road traffic incident page. Incidents can also be reported to the British Transport Police.

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