Police in Cumbria have a new weapon in their fight again dangerous driving. Officers are patrolling in a lorry on the A66 to try and catch bad drivers unawares. Police have been loaned the vehicle for the operation.
It is part of an operation to try to reduce accidents.
Cumbria Police are using an HGV as part of an operation to catch dangerous driving along the A66. They're looking for drivers who are speeding, overtaking illegally, using their phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
“The use of the HGV will give officers the advantage of a higher vantage point enabling them to see into vehicles and to observe the behaviour of motorists. Drivers do not expect Police Officers to be in an HGV therefore it gives us a more honest and realistic outlook on how motorists are behaving.
– Sergeant Graeme Hodgson, Cumbria Constabulary Roads Policing Unit
It's part of Operation Natterjack which aims at improving driving along the stretch of road from Penrith to Stainmore. Police launched the operation in response to concerns from motorists and people living along the road about the standard of driving.
In the last three years, there have been 83 incidents in which people were killed or seriously injured around Kirby Thore, Appleby and Brough.
A lorry driver has been jailed for 18 months for causing the deaths of two soldiers in a crash on the A66 in Cumbria.
Colin Pattison's HGV ran into the back of an army landrover on the A66 at Stainmore two years ago.
Private James Austin and Lance Sergeant David Gartland, who were returning to Catterick Garrison following an training exercise at Warcop died at the scene.
Their landrover had already hit a broken down lorry that was spewing thick smoke across the carriageway when it was hit from behind by Colin Pattison's fully laden wagon.
He had driven blindly into the smoke at around 30 miles an hour, the prosecution say he should've slowed down more.
53-year-old Pattison, from Goole in Yorkshire, was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving but found guilty of causing death by careless driving following a trial at Carlisle Crown Court last month.
He has also been banned from driving for six years.