Unmarked HGV driven by police patrolling M1 to catch speeding motorists

Police have been using an unmarked HGV on the M1 to catch out speeding motorists. Over four days Nottinghamshire Police said that they dealt with 46 individuals while patrolling the M1 as well as the A1 with the HGV which was supplied by Highways England. The operation, known as Operation Tramline, allowed officers to monitor driver behaviour from an elevated position while remaining undetected.

The HGV allows police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling alongside vehicles and then the offending drivers are pulled over by police cars following behind. The latest operational activity took place between Monday and Thursday last week (June 8 -11).

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On Thursday officers arrested a 23-year-old man who was seen driving at over 100mph on the M1 between Junctions 27 and 26. After he was stopped as he left J26 officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis and the driver then failed a roadside drug test for the Class B drug. He was then arrested on suspicion of speeding and driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.

He was later released under investigation. Among the other offences witnessed during last week's operation included a driver looking at an iPad with headphones on while having his feet up away from the pedals while in cruise control. He was issued with a traffic offence report (TOR) for driving without due care and attention.

Other drivers were handed TORs or on-the-spot fines for offences including not wearing a seatbelt and lane hogging when other lanes were free. Superintendent Claire Rukas, Head of Operational Support at Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It's disappointing that drivers are still willing to put their own and others' safety at risk by not fully concentrating on the road. "We will continue to target people committing offences which can cause serious and potentially fatal consequences on our region's roads and we will be relentless in pursuing those who think it's acceptable to drive in a dangerous manner, whether it's people using mobile phones or devices while at the wheel or even watching videos while driving."

Police Constable Phil Broughton, from the force's Roads Policing Team, added: "We run Operation Tramline five times a year which helps us to better detect and record evidence of unsafe driver behaviour.

The unmarked vehicle can be used to spot drivers committing offences

"In the HGV cab we're in a more elevated position which allows us to be in a better position to see what other drivers are doing at the wheel. "Not fully concentrating on the road while you're driving can have catastrophic and life-changing consequences. "It's not just the tougher penalties which can see you lose your licence, but the everlasting guilt if you cause a fatal crash by not focusing on the road.

"Drivers need to remember that their actions not only impact on them but also their own family as well as victims and their families."

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