Campaign to crackdown on truck drivers who flout the law

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Campaign to crackdown on truck drivers who flout the law.
A campaign to crack down on HGV drivers who flout the law when they are driving starts next week

Operation Truckcam begins on Monday 8 July and is aimed at the drivers of commercial vehicles – particularly lorries.

They will be targeting those who commit offences that mean they are not in control while they are driving, such as using mobile phones or reading, eating or drinking at the wheel.

Officers say some drivers have even been caught watching films on multi media equipment while they are driving.

An unmarked HGV will patrol Merseyside’s motorway network in the campaign, staffed by two uniformed, specially trained police officers.

One will drive the vehicle and the other will operate a handheld video camera to catch offenders on film.

They’ll be in radio contact with other officers who are fast-roads trained, advanced drivers who will stop drivers who have been identified as committing an offence.

Drivers stopped will also be routinely breathalysed as part of the ongoing Operation Nemesis drink drug drive campaign.

The Tachograph records from the vehicles of any driver stopped will also be checked to make sure they are not breaching regulations about the length of driving time between breaks.

Sergeant Steve Hare of the Merseyside Police Commercial Vehicle Unit said: “The main aim of this operation is to cut the number of people killed or injured on our roads.

“Commercial vehicles and particularly HGVs pose a greater risk than normal to road safety because of their weight and size.

“Some drivers takes risks that place themselves and other drivers in real danger – in previous operations we’ve caught some watching films on multi media devices while they drive

“Others have been found eating sandwiches from a lunchbox placed on the wheel, using mobile phones and making notes while they drive and not wearing their seat belts.

“This operation is about sending out a clear message that the people doing these things will be caught and prosecuted. ”

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