Police recorded 200 offences during a week-long operation across the region to crackdown on lorry drivers who break the law and put other road users at risk of death or serious injury.

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Roads policing units in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex teamed up to patrol dual carriageway roads in the three counties using an unmarked lorry.

The aim was to detect and record traffic offences, particularly those that can distract drivers, such as using a hand-held mobile phone; watching a TV, DVD or laptop; eating or drinking; steering with knees and reading a map, book or newspaper whilst driving.

An officer in the passenger seat was responsible for witnessing an offence before video evidence was recorded and the offending vehicle was pulled over by a pursuing team of police cars and motorcycles.

Of the 200 offences recorded, 128 drivers were not wearing seat-belts, 35 were using a mobile phone whilst driving, eight drivers were not in proper control of their vehicle and two vehicles were seized for having no insurance.

There were a further 26 drivers who had committed various offences and additionally one driver was arrested for having a fraudulent driving licence. About £12,000 in fines was handed out through fixed penalty notices during the operation, which ran from March 11 to 15.

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