LOOK no hands!
This HGV driver was caught on the M40 in Warwickshire with both hands in his tobacco pouch while rolling a cigarette.
He got a shock though when he looked out of his side window to see the camera rolling in the HGV next to him. In it were police officers patrolling in an unmarked HGV taking part in an operation to tackle dangerous drivers.
It was the latest in over 28,000 offences recorded by officers in the Operation Tramline HGV cabs since the national safety initiative was launched by National Highways to support its partners in roads policing.
National Highways head of road safety, Jeremy Phillips, said: “We are spreading our safety messages and raising awareness that those who put themselves and others at risk can expect to be spotted.
“Operation Tramline enables our partners in enforcement agencies to identify that high-risk minority and take action to bring their behaviours in line with the safe and law-abiding majority.
“The types of behaviour identified are typically those of a minority of motorists and whilst the number of people still using their mobile phone at the wheel or not wearing a seatbelt is disappointing, thanks to the Tramline HGVs we’ve been able to stop people who could have caused serious harm on the road.”
From their elevated viewpoint in the unmarked HGV cabs, police officers are able to spot people driving dangerously – whatever vehicle they may be in. Consequences for drivers range from warnings to fixed penalty notices, court summons or arrest.