200 Dangerous Drivers Spotted By HGV Supercab In Yorkshire

New footage, filmed by the northern supercab, has been released showing a pick-up truck driver with no hands on the wheel.

More than 200 dangerous drivers in Yorkshire have been spotted by an unmarked HGV supercab in the past year in a bid to improve safety on the region’s high-speed roads.

The vehicle is one of three supercabs, funded by Highways England, which have travelled thousands of miles since they first took to the road 12 months ago. Police officers inside the vehicles have recorded over 3,500 offences across England.

All three cabs are now being used for a week of action on the M1 to improve safety on England’s most used motorway, with West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Police among the forces taking part.

Highways England’s traffic officers will also be joining forces with the emergency services from Monday 13 May to provide free tyre checks and safety tips to drivers at motorway services by the M1.

New footage, filmed by the northern supercab, has been released showing a pick-up truck driver with no hands on the wheel.

Richard Leonard, Head of Road Safety at Highways England, said: “Hundreds of thousands of drivers use our roads every day and the vast majority are sensible behind the wheel but some are putting themselves and others at risk.

“We introduced the three new HGV supercabs last year to help keep the roads safe and tackle dangerous driving by people who have either got into bad habits or are simply ignoring the law.

“The cabs have helped to identify over 3,000 unsafe drivers over the past year, and we hope they will encourage everyone to think about what more they could do to improve how they drive.”

The three Highways England supercabs patrol motorways and major A roads across England and have been used by 29 police forces over the past year, including West Yorkshire Police, in a safety initiative known as Operation Tramline.

They allow police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling up alongside vehicles, and drivers are then pulled over by police cars following a short distance behind.

The supercabs have a derestricted speed limiter which means they can travel at speeds up to the national speed limit, and flashing lights have been installed for use by police forces in an emergency.

Tom Cotton, Road Haulage Association’s head of licencing and infrastructure policy, said: “We need to improve road safety – there’s a small minority of drivers whose actions endanger other road users often with tragic consequences.

“Operation Tramline is an invaluable initiative to help police catch the drivers putting themselves and others at risk.”

Around one in three of the drivers filmed breaking the law by the supercabs had someone in their vehicle not wearing a seatbelt, despite statistics showing that one in four people killed in car crashes in 2017 were not wearing seatbelts.

Drivers illegally using a mobile phone while driving was the second most common offence captured by the cabs, with the latest figures showing that mobile phone use is a factor in one death on the roads every 12 days.

The most common offences in Yorkshire included:

- not wearing seatbelt – 77
- using mobile phone – 61
- not in proper control of vehicle – 22
 - speeding – 8

Police officers in the region issued 89 penalty charge notices and filed 107 traffic offence reports – usually requiring drivers to attend a driver education course. There were also six prosecutions for more serious offences.

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