Undercover Officers Pursue Motorists Who Drive and Use Their Mobiles
June 25, 2015
A recent study conducted by the National Safety Council found that 26 per cent of all road traffic accidents were partially caused by drivers using mobiles behind the wheel. In response to this problem, Operation Tramline was developed.
The operation has police officers across the United Kingdom going undercover as lorry drivers in unmarked vehicles in order to catch motorists who use their mobiles while driving. The new safety scheme will also allow motorists to be fined for speeding, hogging the middle or outside lane, drink-driving, driving without care and failing to wear a seat belt. Motorists who are caught using their mobiles while driving will be penalised with driver education courses and a fine of £100, which has the potential to be raised to £1,000 if the case goes to court.
Under Operation Tramline, it is estimated that thousands of unsafe motorists will be caught in the upcoming year.