More people caught on TV or phone whilst driving

Caught driving whilst on TV or phone

Greater Manchester Police continues to crackdown on drivers flouting the law by taking part in Operation Tramline.

Operation Tramline is a national initiative targeting dangerous and antisocial behaviour behind the wheel, using an unmarked HGV (Heavy Good Vehicle).

A total of 239 driving offences were recorded by traffic officers during the 12-day operation between 4 and 16 December. The offences included; watching TV on a mobile phone, texting, eating noodles and driving without due care and attention.

Working in partnership with Highways England, officers patrolled the Greater Manchester motorway network. They filmed the driving habits of motorists to detect and prevent road offences.

From the elevated position of the HGV cab, observations included 57 hand-held mobile phone offences. There were also 56 drivers failing to wear a seatbelt. Thirty-two drivers committed motorway verge offences (crossing chevrons), while 10 motorists were stopped for driving without due care and attention.

The operation resulted in five people being arrested and 179 traffic offence reports being issued. Additionally, 30 fixed penalty notices issued to both UK and foreign drivers.

Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, from GMP’s Traffic Unit said: “Drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

“Taking your eyes off the road, even for a second can have serious consequences, so be sure to remove any distraction.

During the operation two motorway vehicles followed the HGV at distance to stop offenders. Drivers that could not be stopped were recorded and are being dealt with via a conditional offer in the postal system.

Anthony Thorpe, Highways England Incident Prevention Team Advisor, acknowledged that most drivers are law-abiding. “A minority are putting themselves and others at risk by not driving safely”, he said.

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