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New Approach to Tackling Dangerous Driving

Police forces in England are taking part in an initiative that involves the use of a new HGV ‘supercab’ to tackle dangerous driving on motorways and major A roads.

Highways England has apparently announced plans to fund three new unmarked HGV cabs after a single one used by police forces across the country was used to help catch over 4,000 dangerous drivers in its first two years.

The new cab patrols motorways and main trunk roads and has been fitted with wide-angle cameras to capture unsafe driving behaviour. It also has a derestricted speed limiter which means it can travel at speeds up to the national speed limit, and flashing lights have been installed for use by police forces in an emergency.

The cabs allow police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling up alongside vehicles. Drivers are then pulled over by police cars following behind.

In total, 28 police forces across England have taken part in the HGV cab safety initiative since it began in April 2015, pulling over 4,176 drivers in relation to 5,039 offences in its first two years.

The new funding comes a year after the Government doubled the penalty for drivers caught using their phones at the wheel. Motorists now receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine – up from the previous three points and £100 fine.

Despite this, nearly two thirds of the drivers who were stopped nationwide were illegally using a mobile phone while driving.

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