A huge transporter carrying at least two vans was being driven down a busy highway by a driver who only used his elbow to steer the vehicle.
In a video released by National Highways, police catch the truck driver on the M40 near Graydon without his hands on the wheel while he is going fast. When police in the unmarked van told him to put both hands on the wheel, he did so quickly. However, a nearby police car pulled him over soon after.
The video was one of three that National Highways put out to start a week of actions to stop dangerous driving on the M1. Next week, eight police agencies will do regular patrols between London and Leeds as part of Operation Freeway.
In another video, the driver of a horsebox is seen on the A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass texting with both hands when undercover police pull up next to him. In the third video, a driver on the M40 is seen talking on her phone with one hand while keeping the other on the wheel.
The videos were taken as part of the National Highways Operation Tramline programme, which uses HGVs that don’t have any signs on them to find people who break traffic laws. The idea is that because the HGV cab is higher up, it will be easier for police to see when drivers break the law.
Since the programme started in 2015, the police have stopped 30,830 vehicles and caught more than 33,254 crimes.
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The most common offence is not wearing a seatbelt, for which 9,962 drivers were stopped. The second most common offence was using a cell phone (8,368), and the third most common was not being able to control your vehicle.
A lot will happen on the M1 this week, but Operation Tramline will be a big part of it. Operation Freeway will begin on Monday, March 6, and end on Sunday, March 12. Police forces from Thames Valley, Bedfordshire, and West Yorkshire will all be a part of it.
Here is the tweet by Siri Rathod Driver caught steering a transporter carrying two vans with his elbow.
Driver caught steering a transporter carrying two vans with his elbowhttps://t.co/TVgipajThA
— Siri Rathod (@sirimahanthesh) March 3, 2023
The M1 is Britain’s busiest highway. Every day, people drive 21 million miles on it, which is one out of every seven miles driven on the country’s highways.
But it also has one of the highest rates of accidents, with 200 happening every day and 4,087 in the past year.
The head of road safety for National Highways, Jeremy Phillips, said, “We are committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously hurt on our roads by 50% by 2025, and our long-term goal is zero harm.” “To do that, we need to do something about the unsafe driving that we still see.
“We want to get people to think about how they drive and do things that are safer during this week of action.”
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