South Yorkshire Police to Get Lorry to Tackle Driving Offences

20/03/2013 The South Yorkshire Police service has decided to fight fire with fire when it comes to tackling law breaking lorry drivers. Officers are using an unmarked lorry in order to gain intelligence from other truckers that may be texting or making mobile telephone calls while in charge of a heavy vehicle. Regular car drivers are not safe either, with the undercover Police lorry giving a much better vantage point to look down in to the unsuspecting cars below it.

The crackdown has been called Jemma Bear in the name of the tragic car crash victim Jemma O’Sullivan who was killed when texting truck driver Christopher Kane, 67, smashed into her car. Jemma, then 22, tragically died after the crash in September 2010 after becoming embroiled in a four vehicle crash on the northbound carriageway of the M18 in South Yorkshire. The lorry driver admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for five years.

Jemma’s father Vincent O’Sullivan said: “We now know first-hand how difficult it is to receive a visit from the police with bad news or to have to deal with trauma at the site of an accident. “It is even more difficult if there are young children present. “On Friday, September 3 2010, the nightmare started when the police rang our doorbell at 11.30pm. We were told our youngest daughter, Jemma, had been killed that afternoon. She was hit by a HGV truck, while the vehicle she was travelling in was stationary in traffic.” “It later transpired in court, that the driver was texting for an hour up to the point of impact.

During this time the truck was operating on cruise control,” he added. Inspector Pete Serhatlic of South Yorkshire Police commented: “Any vehicle not being driven safely can be a lethal weapon. “The launch of Jemma Bear is a reminder to every driver that you are responsible for your actions when you get behind the wheel.” Written by David Sargant 30/04/2013 According to a recent poll by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), local councillors across the UK listed potholes in their top five road safety priorities. As many as three quarters of the local councillors polled by the Institute of…

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