Officers detected a total of 107 offences during the latest Operation Tramline on the M40 and M42 in Warwickshire between 6 and 9 November 2023.
During the operation, officers used a National Highways-owned supercab HGV to patrol the motorways and observe driver behaviours in all vehicles. The elevated position helped officers identify and deal with 107 offences, including a total of 80 drivers committing one of the four biggest dangers whilst driving, called the ‘Fatal 4’ for that very reason.
Twenty-seven drivers were detected using a handheld mobile phone while driving up to 70mph. This included the driver of a tanker, who was observed watching moving footage on his screen. Thirty-one drivers (or their passengers) were not wearing seatbelts.
Twenty-one drivers were caught speeding, including one at 97mph on the M40.
Officers also dealt with seven drivers for not being in proper control of their vehicle, two for driving without due care and attention, 4 for driving with no insurance and four vehicles were seized.
The vehicles were also scrutinised, and two drivers received Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) for construction and use, and three drivers received TORs for insecure loads.
Out of 95 drivers (35 HGV, 10 LGV and 50 car drivers) who were dealt with by officers, 42 were issued with Traffic Offence Reports, and one driver received a Graduated Fixed Penalty—the remaining 50 received words of advice.
Speaking after the operation, Sergeant Scott Good said, “During the operation, it was encouraging to see so many drivers, particularly the HGV drivers, using our motorways safely, driving at the speed limit, wearing seatbelts and not using a handheld phone. These big vehicles can cause significant harm to other road users if they are involved in a collision.
“We were also pleased to see so many responsible drivers keeping their full attention on the road at all times.
“Our officers would much rather spend their time educating drivers to help change their behaviour in operations like these, than being called to a collision when it is too late. If you are driving in Warwickshire, please look out for our OPU Officers who will be out again very soon on the roads and motorways near you.”