Police officers in plain clothes are using a sneaky new way to snare motorists using their phone while driving
The brand new method of catching violators was filmed being used by the West Midlands Police who are also asking the public to upload videos of anyone breaking the law
Using your cell phone while driving is against the law in almost all countries and for good reason. It is a major cause of accidents across the globe and authorities have been trying to curb the habit among motorists for quite some time.
In the UK, authorities are now employing a clever trick to catch drivers using their cell phones behind the wheel. They have started using the top level of double-decker buses as their new vantage points to look out for suspicious activities behind the wheel. The new method of catching violators was filmed being used by the West Midlands Police who are also asking the public to upload videos of motorists who they spot breaking the law.
Operation Top Deck was launched by the force’s Road Harm Reduction Team and saw plain-clothed officers equipped with video cameras peering down at drivers. If they catch someone out, the information is radioed to police bikers who divert offenders to a designated site.
Drivers caught on film using their cell phones have been shown a VR video of the potential "consequences" of their actions. The video shows people getting seriously injured because of their cell phone usage while they are driving their vehicles. BBC has reported that the offenders will be contacted eventually and will receive a £200 fine by post along with six points taken from their licenses.
A spokesperson for the West Midlands Police said that the force is going to be carrying out the initiative once more but from the top deck of the bus. A BBC News report shows one particular officer catching a driver red-handed texting behind the wheel of a Range Rover.
Another driver was brought back to the central zone. He agreed to be on camera and also gave an interview. Michael Neel, the driver in question, said he knew he had been breaking the law when he was on his cell phone "checking his emails". He also said in the interview that he was surprised when he was pulled over by the police but that it would act as a reminder for him not to use his cell phone while driving.
Speaking from the top level of the double-decker bus, PC Mark Hodson said: "Most of the offending are done on their lap, so unless we have a vantage point we can't actually see if they're committing the offence or not because we actually have to see the phone. And so, this gives us the ideal position to that and not only that but we can train all our neighbourhood policing PCSO's and PCs to do exactly the same when they go on normal bus journeys in their own communities."