Police to hit the road in patrol truck

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MOTORWAY drivers putting lives at risk could be caught out by police on patrol – in a lorry.

Officers will spend the next two weeks patrolling the motorway network in South Yorkshire in an unmarked heavy goods vehicle, looking for drivers flouting the law by using their phones or laptops or reading books while behind the wheel.

Sitting in a lorry will allow police to see directly into the cabs of other HGVs.

PC Darrell McPherson, who has helped organise the operation, said: “The height of the lorry gives us a different viewpoint from which to detect offences.

“Once the officers suspect an offence has been committed colleagues in patrol cars are directed to stop and deal with the vehicle’s driver.”