Published: Wed, March 29, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Police reveal freakish new weapon in fight against drivers on phones

Police reveal freakish new weapon in fight against drivers on phones

The latest operation concentrated on drivers using phones and other handheld mobile devices while driving.

More than 130 motorists were caught in total, with 39 found using a mobile phone, 36 pulled over for not wearing a seat belt and two stopped for not having insurance. Since drivers are not expecting officers to be in the buses looking at them, they can be more inclined to break the law and subsequently engage in unsafe behavior.

This is the first time we've heard of the police using a bus to gain a better vantage point for peering into cars, although a similar train of thought has led to them using lorries to catch lorry drivers using their phones while behind the wheel. Instead, the cops inside the bus radio to nearby patrol cars, which then make the traffic stop.

The fine for using a phone while driving has recently jumped to £200 and six points on your license in Great Britain.

Two officers, PC Andy Llewellyn and PC Colin Strachan, have come up with an innovative approach to spotting drivers who are exhibiting the "fatal five" driving offenses.

UK police are using the country's iconic buses to catch scofflaw motorists by surprise.                  Plymouth Citybus
UK police are using the country's iconic buses to catch scofflaw motorists by surprise. Plymouth Citybus

"This is a great example of how we can maximize policing resources by working closely with partner organizations in the community".

"Additionally we have had great support from inside the force from the Alliance roads policing team, professional development unit, Special Constabulary, response officers and the Police Cadets".

The novel double-decker campaign is part of a crackdown aimed at curbing what United Kingdom police refer to as the "fatal five" of driving offenses: driving while using a mobile device, speeding, impaired driving, careless driving and failing to wear seatbelts. In Plymouth and across the force area we are looking to address this and the other driving behaviors in the fatal five to improve road safety awareness'.

"Our drivers report back on a regular basis to say they see people on their mobile phones while driving".

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