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Police in Norfolk stopped more than 120 vehicles and detected 191 offences after targeting drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in a crackdown supported by Highways England.

Operation Tramline saw police provided with an HGV tractor unit by Highways England and patrols carried out across the strategic road network.  

The initiative ran from May 4 to May 6 and involved officers from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, with enforcement taking place on the A47 and A11.

Officers drove the HGV tractor unit, allowing them to see into other lorry cabs and down into vans and cars, and supporting officers were on-hand to stop any offenders.

A total of 125 vehicles were stopped, including 43 HGVs and 63 light goods vehicles (LGVs). The drivers found to be committing offences – some more than one – were issued with Traffic Offence Reports (TORs).  

A total of 191 TORs were issued, made up of the following offences, including 36 for not wearing a seatbelt, 14 for using a mobile phone, five for speeding, four for having no insurance or licence and two for driving without due care and attention.

Inspector Simon Jones in the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team said: “The use of this HGV tractor unit over the three days has given us an ideal vantage point to spot a number of offences. These results show that enforcement days like these are thoroughly needed.

“This operation shows we will use any tools available to us to monitor and where necessary prosecute all manner of traffic offences and these operations will occur again and again.

“Our teams have stopped 125 vehicles and reported drivers for more than 190 offences, with two vehicles being seized. While it is pleasing to see so many vehicles being stopped and checked, it is equally disappointing to see so many offences committed over a relatively short period of time.”

Anthony Thorpe, Highways England incident prevention project manager, added: “The HGV cab project, which is funded by Highways England, patrols motorways and major A roads with the aim of improving road safety. It provides an ideal viewing platform for police officers to identify dangerous driving behaviour that can be difficult to spot from standard police patrol vehicles – for example texting while driving.”