A day with Roads Policing – Clamp down on mobile phones

Thames Valley Police has been using a covert vehicle in order to catch drivers of lorries, vans and cars using their mobile phones.

On Tuesday (13/12) Thames Valley Police officers from the Joint Operation Roads Policing Unit, were using a covert lorry in order to catch motorists using their mobile phones and also carrying out other driving offences.

During a period of around five hours on the M40 & A34, officers stopped 17 drivers.

Of those drivers 12 were pulled over for using a mobile phone whilst driving, including one HGV driver.

Three people were pulled over for driving whilst not wearing a seatbelt, and two for careless driving.

Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are committed to reducing deaths and serious injury on the roads of the Thames Valley.

“Enforcement action like this, along with education of motorists, as to the dangers of using a mobile phone whilst driving, is vital in us reducing deaths on our roads.

“The use of a covert vehicle is a useful method in tackling mobile phone use, as it allows us to see into the cabs of lorry drivers and see if they are using mobile phones.

“Sometimes HGV drivers think as they are high up we cannot see them using a device, but with this tactic we definitely can.

“We would remind everyone not to use their mobile phone whilst driving, and remember it’s not worth the risk.

“Mobile phone use is one of the fatal four which also includes speeding, being under the influence of drink/drugs and not wearing a seat belt.”

Follow Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Unit on @tvprp. #ItsNotWorthTheRisk.

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