Caught! Video shows secret surveillance lorry catching drivers on phones
Video shows a secret surveillance lorry catching drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel in Kent.
A Kent Police operation to catch unwitting motorists using their mobile phones behind the wheel has resulted in a total of 44 drivers being caught last week.
Officers from Kent Police’s Commercial Vehicle Unit used a lorry cab provided by Highways England to patrol the county’s motorways.
Of the 44 drivers stopped, 31 were using their mobile phones behind the wheel.
The officers patrolled the highways in an unmarked lorry cab between March 5-9.
The vehicle is fitted with a derestricted speed limiter which allows them to travel at speeds up to the national speed limit and flashing lights have been installed for use in an emergency.
A further six were stopped for driving at excess speed and two were stopped for travelling in lane three of a motorway.
Offences were dealt with by way of a graduated fixed penalty notice or traffic offence report – meaning the matter will be further investigated before an appropriate course of action is recommended.
Sergeant Grant Steele, from Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “This unmarked lorry cab, provided by Highways England, is one example of the innovative ways we seek to keep our roads safe.
“We are committed to protecting and serving road users in Kent and our patrols will continue to take action against those placing others in unnecessary danger.
“Nearly 15 years after mobile phone legislation came into force, it is extremely disappointing to see drivers continuing to break the law – especially those who drive as a profession.
“Driving while distracted by a mobile phone is one of the four most common causes of a fatal injury – it is not acceptable.
“Choosing to ignore the law means you are deciding that your phone call, text message, is more important than someone else’s life.”
Colin Evans, Safety Coordinator in the South East for Highways England, said: “Safety is our top priority and I am pleased that our HGV cab has been so useful in helping the Police in Kent to identify unsafe behaviour on the motorways and major A roads.
“It provides an ideal viewing platform for police officers to identify dangerous behaviour that can be difficult to spot from standard police patrol vehicles.
“Highways England is committed to working collaboratively with Kent Police to improve road safety.”