Lorry plays starring role in successful Norfolk and Suffolk Police seatbelt campaign

Roads policing officers from Norfolk and Suffolk police next to an Orwell Trucks HGV which was used

Roads policing officers from Norfolk and Suffolk police next to an Orwell Trucks HGV which was used in a seatbelt enforcement campaign in the region. Picture: KAREN WILLIE - Credit: KAREN WILLIE

More than 100 motorists who failed to belt-up across Norfolk and Suffolk were caught out in a week-long police road safety campaign.

Members of the roads policing and firearms operation units and road casualty reduction teams gave out 109 tickets for seatbelt offences from March 13-19.

As part of the campaign, officers used an unmarked HGV to target drivers on the A11 and A47 on March 16.

The Orwell Trucks HGV was used on major Suffolk roads because it made it easier for officers to spot people not wearing seatbelts or using a mobile phone, including lorry drivers.

On March 16, police gave out 29 tickets for seatbelt offences while two drivers were stopped for using mobile phones.

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Another motorist was stopped for not being in proper control of their vehicle.

Other results from that day included:

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-Two tickets for speeding;

-One ticket regarding the dangerous condition of a vehicle;

-One ticket for a defective tyre;

-One ticket for an effective exhaust;

-Four tickets for construction and use offences.

Sgt Julian Ditcham, who led the operation on Thursday, said: 'Due to the physical height of commercial vehicles, it is often difficult for patrol officers to view into the cab and thereby detect offences such as using a mobile phone, which distracts drivers and increases their chances of being involved in a serious of fatal collision.

'The HGV cab provides officers with an ideal vantage point to spot dangerous driving, either catching people using mobile phones or not wearing a seatbelt. This was a successful campaign and will be repeated in the future.

'We would offer our thanks to Orwell Trucks for supporting this road safety campaign.'

Seatbelts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt could be fined, get points on their licence, face court action, or receive a traffic offence report.

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