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Police Target Drivers Who Text And Call While Behind The Wheel

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A new initiative launched by the police to crack down on people using their mobile phones while they are driving, is set to harness a new form of surveillance, according to Auto Express.

While camera cars and vans are common sights on the roads of the UK, police are now intending to outfit lorries with recording equipment, giving them a better vantage point from which to pinpoint people who are attempting to make calls or send texts surreptitiously, when they are in the driver’s seat on UK roads.

The lorries used will be unmarked and it is thought that their use will result in many thousands of people being caught red handed and subsequently prosecuted. Both A-roads and motorways will be subject to patrol by these vehicles and phone-based offenses will not be the only things that police are looking out for, as they take a higher vantage point onboard the adapted HGVs.

Everything from speeding and driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, right down to hogging lanes, will be combated by the new traffic police task forces. And the surveillance lorries will each be backed up by a dedicated unit, consisting of a pair of police motorcyclists, as well as a police car with full insignia on display.

When the lorry operator spots anything untoward on the roads they will relay this to the other members of the unit, who will then be able to deal with the driver in question in whatever manner is befitting the situation.

While static speed cameras are all well and good, the police are hoping that this scheme will make it possible to target those offenders who cannot be detected using traditional methods.

Last year, five parts of the UK played host to trials of this scheme, with the success leading to a national rollout planned to take place on the 30th of March 2015. All of the country’s biggest motorways will be spanned by the HGV surveillance teams, with a number of trucks going through a rotation.

The key benefit of using bigger vehicles for this kind of work is that they offer police a higher position from which to check up on motorists. Conventional cars and vans cannot position cameras in such a way to see whether someone is using their phone in their lap, or doing anything else illegal, while behind the wheel.

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