Police catch out drivers in motorway patrols

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MOTORISTS were caught committing 150 offences on South Yorkshire’s motorways - by officers driving an unmarked heavy goods lorry to allow a higher vantge point.

During a two-week operation officers issued £12,130 of fixed penalty notices for offences including using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and drivers not being in proper control of their vehicles.

A total of 42 motorists were caught using mobile phones behind the wheel, 55 were dealt with for tachograph offences, and one vehicle was seized for having no insurance.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing in South Yorkshire, said: “It is alarming so many drivers continue to put their life and the lives of others in danger with what can only be described as dangerous and irresponsible behaviour.

“Any vehicle that is not being driven correctly can be a lethal weapon.” The crackdown ran from February 27 to March 9.

Chf Insp Walne added: “We are grateful to Mercedes at Tankersley who loaned us the truck for the operation.”