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The police use an unmarked truck to catch reckless truck drivers


Reckless drivers were caught FaceTime behind the wheel and watched movies behind the wheel of police officers patrolling the M40 in unmarked trucks.

The illegal motorists were filmed by the Warwickshire Police as part of Operation Tramline, a national campaign in which officers use trucks to track down drivers who could pose a risk to the road.

In one shocking clip, officials caught a truck driver watching a movie on his cell phone while driving on the M40 near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The footage catches an officer telling his colleagues: “He's watching his film in front of his steering wheel, he still hasn't noticed us.

In one shocking clip, Warwickshire police caught a truck driver watching a movie on his cell phone while driving on the M40 near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire

“The reason he's on the hard shoulder all the time is because he's watching a movie. He's still looking down, he's looking up, and now he's looking down. All of this is on camera.

“I can see the phone, but I can't see what movie it is. It's obviously amusing because he's laughing. He is absorbed in his film. & # 39;

The driver eventually realizes he's been spotted by the police and stops while officers from a patrol car approach the vehicle.

In another case, a trucker with FaceTime is caught driving the M40.

The video of the incident catches an officer explaining: & # 39; The one next to us is FaceTiming. He's holding the phone in his left hand and I can see a good lady on the other end of the screen.

In another case, a trucker with FaceTime is caught driving the M40. Pictured: the motorist

In another case, a trucker with FaceTime is caught driving the M40. Pictured: the motorist

The driver then gets into more trouble if he has a drink and the police spot him before taking his other hand off the steering wheel to give a thumbs up gesture

The driver then gets into more trouble if he has a drink and the police spot him before taking his other hand off the steering wheel to give a thumbs up gesture

"He's FaceTiming as we speak, which is why he's all over the street."

The driver then gets into more trouble if he has a drink and the police spot him before taking his other hand off the steering wheel to give a thumbs up gesture.

A third clip shows a woman driving a Range Rover Evoque while texting on the M40 near Solihull, West Midlands.

After realizing that she was caught, the woman makes a rude gesture to the officers before driving off.

One officer said, “She is on the phone and is texting. She is now reading her messages and looking down and interacting with her phone.

& # 39; She looked up now and saw me and is now cursing. Lord, there's a lady in lane two who's taking care of it now. She saw me filming her on her cell phone and answers it. & # 39;

Pictured: A truck driver on the M40 is seen using a cellphone and taking both hands off the steering wheel

Pictured: A truck driver on the M40 is seen using a cellphone and taking both hands off the steering wheel

During operation, people in smaller vehicles were also recorded with their mobile phones behind the wheel

During operation, people in smaller vehicles were also recorded with their mobile phones behind the wheel

A patrol car following the truck chases her before it overtakes her.

During the same operation in March, Warwickshire Police discovered nearly 200 driving behavior violations in five days.

These 194 crimes were found in 154 vehicles, of which 42 percent were from large commercial vehicles compared with 58 percent from smaller commercial and private vehicles.

27 cell phone violations were recorded with two separate truck drivers filmed using FaceTime while driving the M40.

Operation Tramline works with Highways England.

Between 2018 and last year a total of 36 people were killed in Warwickshire and another 322 injured in road accidents

Between 2018 and last year, a total of 36 people were killed and another 322 injured in road accidents in Warwickshire

Between 2018 and last year a total of 36 people were killed in Warwickshire and another 322 injured in road accidents.

A motorist was jailed near Newbury, Berkshire in 2016 after killing a mother and three children because he was distracted by his phone.

Polish truck driver Tomasz Kroker was sentenced to ten years in prison after killing Tracy Houghton, 45, their sons Ethan, 13 and Josh, 11, and stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11.

Recordings from his truck cab showed the 30-year-old Kroker, who flipped through the music on his mobile phone for seven seconds before he got into stationary traffic at 80 km / h.

Ms. Houghton's Vauxhall Corsa was shunted under the trailer of another truck and crushed to a third of its size in the August 10 crash on the A34.

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