HGV initiative proves successful for police across Cleveland and Durham (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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HGV initiative proves successful for police across Cleveland and Durham
AN unmarked HGV has proved a success after capturing 16 lorry drivers breaking the law.
Operation Riding High has so far seen 14 fixed penalty notices issued for drivers not wearing their seatbelts, one fixed penalty issued for a driver using a mobile phone whilst driving and one driver given 14 days to rectify a defect with their vehicle and produce proof.
Officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit patrolled the roads within the Cleveland and Durham areas looking for law-breaking truckers.
The officers used a camera to film the offences, which, wherever appropriate, could be used as evidence in court.
Chief Inspector Ed Turner, head of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Part of the reason that the operation began is that there have been a number of fatal and serious collisions involving trucks and large goods vehicles on our roads. The results speak for themselves and they show that the operation has been working.
“Officers have detected a number of offences where drivers have not been wearing their seatbelts and obviously this is deeply concerning. It cannot be stressed how important it is for the drivers of all vehicles to wear their seatbelts; it could be the difference between life or death should a collision occur.
“Whilst our main aim is to educate drivers, we will prosecute wherever appropriate and will continue to keep our roads as safe as possible.”
The force loaned the tractor from a local dealership to enable them to carry out the operation.
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