December 5 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
More than 200 offences were recorded and thousands of pounds of fines were handed out during a week-long crackdown on lorry drivers whose actions could put the lives of motorists at risk.
Officers from Suffolk police’s roads policing unit teamed up with colleagues from Norfolk and Essex to patrol dual carriageways in an unmarked lorry between September 9 and September 13.
The aim of the operation was to detect and record traffic offences, particularly those which can distract drivers.
In total, 230 offences were recorded with 125 drivers found not wearing seatbelts, 65 who were using mobile phones, 13 vehicles were found to have defects and four drivers were found to not be in proper control of their vehicle.
About £23,000 in fines were also dished out.
Acting Sergeant Scott Lee-Amies, of the Bury St Edmunds Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “Once again, we are very pleased with the outcome of this operation, but it remains extremely frustrating to see the amount of drivers who feel they can flout the law.
“Our work will continue in Suffolk and Norfolk to educate lorry drivers through proactive enforcement of traffic laws, pre-planned operations and routine patrols.
“It was encouraging to see during the week of action that there weren’t so many motorists driving without wearing a seatbelt however, we are aware that too many motorists are still prepared to risk their own safety, and the safety of their passengers or other road users, by being distracted by continuing to take calls and text messages, eating and reading.”
One officer was a passenger in the unmarked lorry and when they saw an offence, they recorded it and the vehicle was then pulled over by a team of two police cars and two police motorcycles.