Warwickshire Police Catch 63 Dangerous Driving Offences in Operation Tramline

Warwickshire Police's Operation Tramline caught 63 dangerous driving offences on M6, M40, and A46 motorways between April 29 and May 3, 2024. Offences included not wearing seatbelts, using handheld mobile phones, and reckless driving behaviors.

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Warwickshire Police Catch 63 Dangerous Driving Offences in Operation Tramline

Warwickshire Police Catch 63 Dangerous Driving Offences in Operation Tramline

Warwickshire Police's Operation Tramline has caught 63 dangerous driving offences on the M6, M40, and A46 motorways between April 29 and May 3, 2024. Using a specially adapted National Highways supercab, police officers observed and recorded offences including not wearing seatbelts and using handheld mobile phones while driving.

Why this matters: The high number ofdangerous driving offences caught during Operation Tramline highlights the ongoing need for targeted enforcement to deter reckless behavior on the roads, which can have devastating consequences for drivers and passengers. By cracking down on these offences, police forces can help reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities, ultimately making roads safer for all users.

During the two-day operation, police witnessed a range of dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. A van driver was spotted hogging the middle lane for 12 miles, while a woman was seen driver, applying, makeup at speed on the M40 Southbound. Another van driver was observed eating fast food with his knees while steering on the M6 Northbound. In a brazen act, one van driver, man, caught even filmed the Operation Tramline supercab with his handheld mobile phone as he drove on the M6 Northbound.

These offences fall under the "Fatal 4" category, which includes not wearing a seatbelt and using a handheld mobile phone while driving. Sergeant Scott Good from Warwickshire Police emphasized the importance of Operation Tramline in tackling such dangerous behaviors. "Most drivers who use our roads every day are safe and sensible behind the wheel, but there are some who are putting themselves and others at risk by simply ignoring the law. That's where Operation Tramline is invaluable in helping to change driver behaviours and encourage compliance with driving laws," police he said.

The National Highways supercab allows officers to capture footage of dangerous driving offences from an elevated position. Once an offence is identified, an unmarked police car intercepts the offending driver. Operation Tramline is part of a nationwide initiative by National Highways to tackle unsafe driving and improve road safety.

The 63 offences recorded during the two-day operation in Warwickshire highlight the ongoing need for targeted enforcement to deter dangerous driving behaviors. With initiatives like Operation Tramline, police forces across the country are working to make roads safer for all users by cracking down on those who flout driving laws and put themselves and others at risk.

Key Takeaways

  • Warwickshire Police's Operation Tramline caught 63 dangerous driving offences on M6, M40, and A46 motorways.
  • Offences included not wearing seatbelts and using handheld mobile phones while driving.
  • A specially adapted National Highways supercab was used to observe and record offences.
  • Operation Tramline aims to deter reckless behavior and reduce road accidents and fatalities.
  • The initiative is part of a nationwide effort to tackle unsafe driving and improve road safety.