A POLICE operation to tackle dangerous driving on Warwickshire’s roads has won a national award.
Warwickshire Police’s Commercial Vehicle Unit has been recognised by Highways England for the second year running, as the ‘Top Performing Force 2020’ in the country for Operation Tramline.
The operation involves officers patrolling in an HGV ‘supercab’ to spot dangerous driving and deal with any offences on Warwickshire’s road network. These include drivers using mobile phones, not wearing seat belts and, in some cases, watching shows on their phone and completing paperwork.
Speaking for the team, PS Carl Stafford said: “Operation Tramline is about keeping people safe on our roads. We are delighted to be recognised by Highways England for our work in identifying those people who pose serious danger to themselves and other road users. It would not be possible without the dedication of a small number of passionate officers, our special constabulary and support from our partner agencies.”
“The ‘supercab’ is invaluable because it allows officers to see all road users from an elevated position, giving a much clearer view of what drivers are doing. For example, if a driver is using a mobile phone or not wearing their seatbelt. The ‘supercab’ allows our officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling up alongside vehicles often on our motorway network where drivers really need to concentrate on their driving. If offences are identified then officers following behind the cab are notified and the driver and vehicle intercepted and dealt with.”