POLICE in South Yorkshire are using an unmarked lorry for the second time to try to catch motorists committing offences on the motorways.
The truck allows officers to look into the cabs of other HGVs for drivers breaking the law. Officers will be using a video camera to capture evidence as they travel along the roads, and will spend the next two weeks on patrol.
PC Darrell McPherson, who helped organise the initiative, said: “The height of the lorry gives us a different viewpoint from which to try to detect offences.
“Once the crew suspects an offence has been committed colleagues in patrol cars are directed to stop and deal with the vehicle’s driver.”
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing in South Yorkshire, added: “This year’s operation builds on the success of last year.
“We have already apprehended and educated drivers on their behaviour who have been caught not wearing their seatbelt, using their mobile phone, map reading and even watching films on a laptop, all while at the wheel.
“Any vehicle that is not being driven correctly can be a lethal weapon – especially large vehicles being driven at speed.
“The vehicle has been loaned to us by Mercedes free of charge so that we can help make South Yorkshire’s major roads safer for every motorist.”