Wiltshire Police truck spots driver EATING Pot Noodle behind the wheel

Wiltshire Police truck spots driver EATING Pot Noodle behind the wheel

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:49am 7th July 2020.

3 minute read

An unmarked HGV has been used by officers across the county over the last two weeks in a special operation.

The Roads Policing Unit team has been using the lorry, loaned to them from Highways England, to get an elevated view of 'bad driving' on Wiltshire's strategic road network, like the A303 and the M4.

Any drivers spotted committing motoring offences, conventional police cars then pursued those vehicles to stop them and take action.

Throughout the two week operation, Wiltshire officers found examples of bad driving such as: 

  • A lorry driver steering his lorry with his elbows while making a coffee
  • A driver eating a Pot Noodle behind the wheel
  • Two drivers writing messages on pieces of paper resting on their steering wheels
  • One driver reading a message on his watch, which distracted him so much, he ended up on the hard shoulder
  • 18 people not wearing seatbelts
  • 5 drivers not in proper control of their vehicle
  • 1 driver who didn't have insurance
  • One person who was driving a light goods vehicle while disqualified
  • One overweight vehicle
  • One insecure load
  • Four people stopped in the hard shoulder
  • 8 people using their mobile phone while driving

Sergeant Will Ayres, from the Road Policing Unit, said: 

"The operation has been running successfully across the country since 2014.  By using an unmarked truck we can check all drivers are adhering to the rules of the road and not doing anything that could distract them or put other road users in danger. This operation also ties in with the NPCC national seatbelt campaign that is currently running and the HGV was a brilliant platform to use to detect occupants committing offences.

"We have seen some shocking behaviour and speeds. Two drivers were travelling at 110mph and 120mph and unbelievably four cars had stopped on the hard shoulder so the occupants could decide which beach they should go to. The former will be attending court and the latter were issued with fixed penalty notices."

Mobile Phone at the wheel - driving (Pixabay)
Eight people were issued with fixed penalty notices for using their mobile phone while driving

Jerry Herbert, Deputy Police and Crime Commission for Wiltshire and Swindon said: 

"Operation Tramline is another way that Wiltshire Police works in partnership to keep our roads safe. The HGV loaned by Highways England has helped us to monitor instances of bad driving that could otherwise have gone undetected and cost lives."

"It amazes me that after 37 years of mandatory use of seatbelts 18 people neglect to wear them. According to THINK! You are twice as likely to die in a crash if you don't wear a seatbelt. It is one of the Fatal Four causes of death on our roads, along with drink/drug driving, inappropriate speed and using a mobile phone when driving. All are easy to avoid by staying inside the speed limit, don't make calls on your phone, never drink alcohol or take drugs when driving and always wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives."

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