HGV drivers not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone were among the offences discovered in a week-long crackdown in Suffolk.

Between Monday, July 17 and Friday, July 21, Suffolk police carried out patrols along the A14, A12 and A11 as part of Operation Tramline. 

A total of 140 vehicles were stopped, including 56 HGVs and 54 smaller goods vheicles. 

Officers detected 155 offences and issued 112 traffic offence reports, with some having committed more than one offence. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Tim Passmore said it was disappointing drivers continue to commit offencesTim Passmore said it was disappointing drivers continue to commit offences (Image: Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner)

Offences included not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone, insecure load, driving without due care and attention, excess speed and no insurance. 

PC Terry Harvey, from the Suffolk Commercial Vehicle Unit at Suffolk police, said: “We are pleased with the results of Operation Tramline. 

"We have run this in quite quick succession to the last operation and it is evident from the reduction in offences that motorists on the county’s roads are starting to get the education and enforcement message."

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, added: “Well done to everyone involved in this successful Tramline operation. Another excellent example of the Constabulary’s pro-active approach to enforcement resulting in our roads being safer for us all.

"It’s very disappointing that drivers – particularly those who rely on their driving licence for their livelihood - still need to be reminded about something so obvious as putting on a seat belt or not using their mobile phones. And to think a driver could get behind the wheel without insurance is just unbelievable. 

"I spent time with the roads policing unit on a previous campaign and was amazed at what you see from an HGV cab, it really does give officers an opportunity to see offences they might otherwise miss so I’d like to thank National Highways for providing the vehicle, this partnership working really does pay dividends.”