Mon. Apr 15th, 2024
alert-–-fake-hgv-driven-by-undercover-police-capture-83-motorists-driving-unsafely-after-using-the-lorry’s-high-cab-as-a-vantage-pointAlert – Fake HGV driven by undercover police capture 83 motorists driving unsafely after using the lorry’s high cab as a vantage point

Undercover police managed to catch 83 dangerous drivers in just three days by setting up an unmarked HGV and hiding in its raised cabin. 

Wiltshire Police set up Operation Tramline with National Highways and National Roads Policing Operations and Intelligence to place the unmarked HGV on a stretch of road on the M4 between junction 14 and junction 18. 

The force said they were looking to see if HGV drivers in particular were driving safely. 

It said that in just three days, 83 offences were handed out. Most of them included the use of mobile phones and the refusal to wear a seatbelt. 

PC Luke Hobbs said: ‘The HGV gives us an elevated view into vehicles using this busy stretch of road so we can better detect offences such as mobile phone use. 

The force said they were looking to see if HGV drivers in particular were driving safely

The force said they were looking to see if HGV drivers in particular were driving safely

PC Luke Hobbs (pictured) said: 'The HGV gives us an elevated view into vehicles using this busy stretch of road so we can better detect offences such as mobile phone use.'

PC Luke Hobbs (pictured) said: ‘The HGV gives us an elevated view into vehicles using this busy stretch of road so we can better detect offences such as mobile phone use.’

‘Whilst the majority are law abiding drivers, it is always shocking to see just what some of these drivers think they can get away with – all whilst in control of a vehicle which can be up to 44 tonnes in weight with the potential to cause significant and serious harm to others. 

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‘Last week alone, we saw drivers watching films on their phones or tablets whilst behind the wheel, overloaded vehicles which can pose a real danger to other road users, and drivers showing a complete disregard for the speed limit.’ 

Inspector Will Ayres, of the Roads Policing Unit, added: ‘Operation Tramline is an excellent initiative which forms part of our commitment to keeping Wiltshire’s roads safe by targeting those committing fatal five offences. 

‘These are offences most likely to contribute to death and serious injury on the roads and include drink/drug driving, careless driving, driving at excess speed, driving without a seatbelt or using a mobile phone. 

‘This operation coincided with a trial of new Artificial Intelligence cameras provided by Acusensus, being rolled out by National Highways to spot drivers failing to wear seatbelts or using mobile phones. 

‘It is hoped the presence of these cameras will help enhance the work of our Roads Policing Unit and further reduce the number of individuals taking risks when driving and causing serious collisions. 

‘We are committed to trialling new innovative projects to keep the roads safe and make the road users of Wiltshire feel safer.’

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