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Police ride buses to catch drivers on mobiles

Police ride buses to catch drivers on mobiles

Published by Emma Carton at 8:09am 26th April 2019. (Updated at 8:20am 26th April 2019)

Bobbies on the buses: Devon and Cornwall Police have been riding on double deckers to try to catch drivers on their mobiles.

14 were spotted during a one-day operation in Plymouth on Thursday.

The penalty is six points on your driving licence and a £200 fine.

As well as the use of mobile phones handheld, police were also on the look out for the so-called Fatal Five offences.

These are excessive or inappropriate speed, driving without a seat belt, distracted driving in general, driving while unfit through drink or drugs and driving without due care and attention.

The spotters passed on the details to marked and unmarked police vehicles which directed the offending motorists to a safe stop site for the appropriate the issue of penalties.

The team also caught a driver with no insurance, made a seizure of cannabis and clocked around 100 speeding offences.

Police from the No Excuse Team worked with Plymouth Citybus, Highways England, the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, Special Constabulary and Plymouth City Council.

"Crucially, all of these drivers had their phones on their laps. Were it not for the unique high viewpoint offered by the bus we might not have seen them.

"We have gone beyond people holding a phone up to their ear to people actually thinking they can control their vehicle while using apps.

"Be assured that we will be using this technique again across both counties to penalise drivers who put themselves and other road users at risk by using their phones in this irresponsible way.

"This operation maximises police resources by working closely with partner organisations in the community".

MPC Ralph Delbridge, No Excuse Team

"Safety is our top priority. We believe no-one should be harmed when travelling or working on our road network, and we welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the operation.

"We undertake a number of safety campaigns and initiatives and we also support local police partners and road safety partnerships in operations such as this, which help to raise awareness and spread the safety message to road users".

Beverley Hannah, Highways England

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