Humberside Police officers to drive in unmarked HGV vehicles to monitor others’ driving
Starting today, police officers will be driving the region’s roads in unmarked Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) to monitor other drivers.
This is part of Operation Tramline, a national initiative in partnership with Highways England, which has so far caught over 4,000 drivers committing offences such as driving while using mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and drink or drug driving.
If officers in the unmarked vehicles identify a driver committing an offence, they will record video footage and notify other officers in an accompanying marked vehicle.
These officers will then intercept the offending vehicle by pulling it over and dealing with the driver involved.
Highways England regional road safety coordinator Sarah Watson-Quirk said: “The vast majority of people drive responsibly and we hope Operation Tramline will encourage all road users to drive safely. We have several lorry cabs at Highways England that provide the police with a valuable tool to carry out their job enforcing the law.
“Unfortunately around 450 people are killed or seriously injured every year on England’s motorways and major A roads as a result of a driver being impaired or distracted. Those who break the law behind the wheel are putting lives at risk.”
Over the last three years, there has been a national increase of commercial vehicles being involved in fatal collisions.
A statement from Humberside Police reads: “What we hope to achieve through Operation Tramline is to prevent such devastating collisions, making the roads of our region safer for everyone.”
The operation is set to run until 15 April.