Police use 'unmarked' HGV cab to catch motorway drivers breaking the law

    Last week, the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit worked with National Highways to run 'Operation Tramline'.

    Operation Tramline is a road safety operation that covered areas of the M1, M40, M4 and A34,

    Police say that they have been using an 'unmarked HGV tractor unit', to target road safety and went out to deal with road traffic offences.

    Using the elevated HGV, officers are able to drive alongside vehicles, filming unsafe behaviour.

    Between Monday (25/7) and Friday (29/7), police issued a total of 130 traffic offence reports. Offenses include using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seat belt, careless driving, driving while not in proper control, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and failing to comply with a red traffic light.

    Three car drivers were also arrested on suspicion of driving while over the prescribed drug drive limit.

    In total – the following offences were dealt with during Operation Tramline:

    • Driving while using a mobile phone – 40
    • Driving without wearing a seatbelt – 77
    • Careless driving – 6
    • Driving while not in proper control – 5
    • Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence – 1
    • Failing to comply to a red traffic light – 1

    Inspector Scott Long of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit said: “We strive towards delivering a first-class service to the public and to further reduce the volume of those who die or who are seriously injured on our roads.

    “By utilising Operation Tramline, we have been able to deal with a number of motorists who were committing road traffic offences that are linked to the fatal four – driving whilst using a mobile phone, driving without wearing a seatbelt, driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink and speeding.

    “Working in partnership with National Highways, we have a long-term ambition that no one should be harmed when travelling or working on the road network.

    “Operation Tramline is helping to achieve that aim as we seek to reinforce appropriate and safe driving behaviour.”

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