Police HGV detects 150 offences in two weeks

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AN undercover police lorry operation has been hailed a success after identifying 150 offences.

During a two-week period South Yorkshire Police specialist roads policing officers dealt with over 150 offences on the county’s motorways and main roads by using an unmarked heavy goods lorry.

During the operation, which ran from February 27 to March 9, £12,130 of fixed penalties were issued for such offences as using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and not being in proper control. The most common offence saw 42 drivers caught using their mobile phone while driving.

Fifty-five drivers were dealt with for a variety of tachograph offences and one vehicle was seized for having no insurance.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing in South Yorkshire said: “The majority of drivers, including commercial vehicle drivers are responsible in their duty.

“Unfortunately, it is alarming that so many drivers continue to put their life and the lives of others in danger with what can only be described as dangerous and irresponsible behaviour behind the wheel.”