Warwickshire Police encouraged by latest Operation Tramline event

09.30 | 29 November 2023 |

Warwickshire Police detected more than 100 offences during the latest Operation Tramline event, which took place between 6-9 November.

During the operation, officers used a National Highways owned supercab to patrol the motorways to observe driver behaviours in all vehicles. 

The elevated position provided by the HGV, helped officers identify and deal with 107 offences including a total of 80 drivers committing one of the four biggest dangers while driving, known as the ‘Fatal 4’.

In total, 27 drivers were detected using a handheld mobile phone while driving at speeds of up to 70mph. This included the driver of a tanker who was observed watching moving footage on his screen.

Due to the increased responsibility that driving a tanker brings, he has been referred to the West Midlands Traffic Commissioner.  

 An additional 31 drivers (or their passengers) were not wearing seatbelts, while 21 drivers were caught speeding including one driver at 97mph on the M40.  

 A 57 year old man from Henley-in-Arden was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and was later charged to appear before Warwickshire Magistrates on 15 December 2023.

Officers also dealt with seven drivers for not being in proper control of their vehicle, two for driving without due care and attention, four for driving with no insurance and four vehicles were seized.

Sgt Scott Good said: “During the operation it was encouraging to see so many drivers, particularly the HGV drivers, using our motorways safely, driving at the speed limit, wearing seatbelts and not using a handheld phone. 

“These are big vehicles that can cause significant harm to other road users if they are involved in a collision. 

“We were also pleased to see so many responsible drivers keeping their full attention on the road at all times.

“Our officers would much rather spend their time educating drivers to help change their behaviour in operations like these, than being called to a collision when it is too late. If you are driving in Warwickshire, please look out for our OPU Officers who will be out again very soon on the roads and motorways near you.”



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