- Distracted driving causes two deaths on UK roads each month
- Over 5000 offences were spotted by one HGV during a two-year trial
- Offenders can earn a £200 fine and six penalty point
- The spotter cab, one of three HGVs loaned out to...
- ...police forces by Highways England, works in tandem with an intervention team
It’s Friday morning on the M25 and the observer in the front passenger seat of the police vehicle I’m sitting in has spotted a woman on her mobile phone at the wheel of a Range Rover ahead of us.
We accelerate alongside to enable him to film the woman on his video camera.
It’s a good ‘spot’ since she’s holding the phone in her left hand and pressing it tight against her ear. The driver of a passing car would be unlikely to see her using it, except this isn’t a passing car – it’s the latest weapon in the fight against distracted drivers: a Mercedes-Benz Actros HGV cab.
The vehicle gives the police a clear view of car drivers below them and truckers alongside. Although the Actros is now casting a dark shadow over the Range Rover’s interior, including the young boy strapped into his booster seat in the front, the driver continues to talk into her mobile phone – until she catches sight of the police officer filming her.