Police officers across the local area will be taking part in ‘Operation Tramline’ which utilises a HGV to identify driving offences.

Officers will be using the tractor cab from today until Monday, June 18, 2018, as a spotter vehicle to identify offenders committing driving offences along the West Mercia strategic roads network. Offenders will then be stopped and dealt with by officers following in police vehicles.

The elevated view afforded by the tractor cab provides a view into vehicles of all shapes and sizes, enabling officers to see drivers interacting with mobile devices below the level of the window.

This operation is an alternative method being employed by officers to promote, educate and reinforce road safety messages and in particular highlight the ‘fatal four’ common factors in fatal road traffic collisions: using mobile phones while driving, excess speed, not wearing seat belts and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Inspector Andrew Bentley from the Road Safety Team said: “This is a partnership initiative with Highways England, who own the tractor cab and loan it to forces across the country for road safety activity and enforcement.

“We are always looking for new ways to get road safety messages across to the public and identify those that choose not to comply.”