Road officers use lorry to get heavy with motorists

Police officers are climbing into a lorry cab to get a better view of dangerous drivers on Doncaster’s roads.

South Yorkshire Police has borrowed an unmarked heavy goods vehicle to identify motorists who are committing road offences and breaking the law.

Drivers have been caught endangering other motorists by using mobile phones, laptops and even reading books behind the wheel.

The high vantage point allows officers to look directly into truck cabs and cars to check whether drivers are keeping their eyes on the road.

The fortnight operation will see officers patrol miles of the borough’s motorways and major roads.

It is the second time the force has used the tactic after a successful week-long initiative last year.

Chief Insp Stuart Walne, head of roads policing in South Yorkshire, said: “We have already apprehended and educated drivers caught not wearing their seatbelt, using their mobile phone, map reading and even watching films on a laptop.

“Any vehicle that is not being driven correctly can be a lethal weapon – especially large vehicles being driven at speed.”

The HGV has been loaned to police by Mercedes free of charge.