Lorry driver caught eating from BOWL on M1 by police's undercover HGV
Drivers on the M1 have been caught eating from a bowl, using their phone, and not wearing seatbelts by police. Leicestershire Police have been out on the region’s motorways this week as part of Operation Tramline – where an unmarked HGV patrols the M1 and A1 and allows police officers to monitor other drivers without being noticed. Previously the operation has caught dozens of motorists breaking the rules while driving, and this week was no different – spotting several big offenders putting others at risk while driving.
One lorry driver was caught eating from a bowl with no hand properly on the wheel – with the police describing his truck as “a 44 tonne potential killing machine.” Leicestershire Police’s tweet said: “And here it is…. driving a 44 tonne potential killing machine whilst cleaning your bowl!! … neither hand properly holding the steering wheel. This is NOT acceptable in any way!
Driver dealt with accordingly!”
Another driver was caught not wearing a seatbelt and giving a thumbs up to the police (Image: Leicestershire Police)
Another person caught was a driver visiting from Lithuania who was using his phone while driving, and claimed that he was not aware that it was illegal. The police, tweeting about the incident, wrote: “This driver visiting the UK from Lithuania wasn’t aware you couldn’t drive and use your mobile phone here. This resulted in quite an expensive trip through Leicestershire for him.
GBP200 roadside fine issued.” Another motorist, a lorry driver, was caught not wearing his seatbelt in a photo taken by police – and was giving the officers a thumbs up at the time.
This was just one of several drivers not wearing a seatbelt during the drive, according to the police’s update. The police’s tweet said: “It’s always nice to receive a thumbs up from drivers whilst on #OpTramline however its always better if the driver is wearing his seatbelt!!
One of several drivers stopped and dealt with for seatbelt offences.”
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Operation Tramline is run five times a year by police and helps them detect and record people driving unsafely on Leicestershire’s roads.
People that are caught driving unsafely can be issued a traffic offence report, or TOR, on the spot – which is for not driving with care and attention.
OpTramline officers also give out on-the-spot fines for anyone spotted driving unsafely.
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