TERRIFYING footage has been released showing a lorry driver with a mobile phone to each ear driving on the M4.
The footage, taken between junctions 18 and 17 by Avon and Somerset Police, captures just one of over 21,000 offences recorded by officers as part of Operation Tramline.
However, the clueless driver did not realise the HGV travelling alongside was an unmarked National Highways HGV cab – and there were two police officers inside.
Supercab National Highways HGV cabs are being used to tackle dangerous drivers along the M4 and M5 in a fortnight of action until Sunday, September 26.
“The number of people found using their mobile phone while driving is quite alarming. You are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone and, if caught, face a £200 fine and six points on your licence.
44 driving without a seat belt
19 driving while using a mobile phone at the wheel
8 Traffic Offence Reports for speeding
8 other misdemeanours, including two insecure loads and one of driving with no insurance
Nicholas Reed, National Highways’ Road Safety Lead for the South West, said: “The HGV cabs are an important part of our commitment to tackling unsafe driving and those who take unnecessary risks with their own safety and that of others on the road.
“Through this fortnight of action on the M5 and M4 we want to make all of our roads safer by raising awareness and encouraging motorists to consider their driving behaviour.”
- In the video an M4 truck driver is seen with a phone in each ear
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