Suffolk Police work with Orwell Trucks to check driving standards
Suffolk Police issued more than 200 traffic offence reports in a ten day blitz targeting lorry drivers.
After borrowing a lorry cab from local firm Orwell Trucks, officers pulled up alongside heavy goods vehicles on the A14, A12 and A11.
The force said the high angle allowed a perfect view to check if truckers and other motorists were wearing their seatbelts.
A spokesman explained: "The cab, which was driven by a police officer, provides an ideal vantage point meaning officers can look into cabs of other lorry drivers or looking down at cars or vans. A team of roads policing officers accompanied them to stop any offenders."
The effort ran from March 11-20, partly in conjunction the National Police Chiefs’ Council two week seatbelt campaign. Over the ten days £36,150 was collected in fines - and it wasn't just for those not wearing a seatbelt.
During the operation the Roads and Armed Policing Team and the Road Casualty Reduction Team (RCRT) detected 313 offences.
- 225 for not wearing a seatbelt (the majority issued to HGV drivers)
- 59 for using a mobile phone
- Six for driving not being in proper control of the vehicle
- Three careless driving offences
- Three registration offences
- Two for no MOT
- Two for no secondary coupling
- Two carriage of dangerous goods offences
- One each of the following: dangerous condition; exposed tyre cord; no amber beacon; no diving licence; one PG9 prohibition; and one for tachograph offences
Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team and who led the operation, said: "Due to the physical height of commercial vehicles, it is often difficult for patrol officers to view into the cab and thereby detect offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone.
"Wearing a seatbelt can prevent many collision-related injuries and fatalities and it is compulsory for drivers to wear them, and they should ensure their passengers buckle-up too. Using a mobile phone distracts drivers and increases their chances of being involved in a serious of fatal collision."