Suffolk police have had great results from Operation Wyken with the help of Orwell Truck & Van this week.
Operation Wyken involved the provision of an HGV cab to Suffolk Police from Orwell Truck & Van, which gave traffic enforcement officers a better view of how safely HGV drivers were conducting themselves at the wheel. Patrols were carried out on the A14, A12 and A11, and ran in conjunction with the National Police Chief’s Council seatbelt campaign, along with with the Europe-wide TISPOL campaign.
During the operation, the Road Casualty Reduction Team (RCRT) and the Roads Armed Policing Team (RAPT) identified 313 traffic offences, ranging from not wearing a seat belt, to using a mobile phone, right through to the carriage of dangerous goods.
Why An HGV Cab?
Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team and who led the operation, 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 not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone.
"The HGV cab provides officers with an ideal vantage point to spot drivers committing offences and provides us with another means to enforce the law with this specific group of road users, who due to the size of the vehicles they are in control of, pose an added risk to other motorists and also themselves if they are committing offences whilst driving.
“Wearing a seatbelt can prevent many collision-related injuries and fatalities and it is compulsory for drivers to wear them, and they should ensure their passengers buckle-up too. Using a mobile phone distracts drivers and increases their chances of being involved in a serious of fatal collision.
"We would also offer our thanks to Orwell Trucks for once again supporting this road safety campaign, which we have run for a number of years now and will continue to do so.”
Why Did We Get Involved?
Even the local press jumped on board, and Orwell Truck & Van featured on the East Anglian local news website!
Our Truck sales Coordinator, Hannah Foden, had this to say on our involvement in Operation Wyken:
“Road safety is at the forefront of everything we do at Orwell Truck & Van so we were delighted to be asked to support the efforts of Suffolk Police for a third successive year. Mercedes-Benz trucks are equipped with the very latest passive and active safety features but, like all road-going vehicles, rely upon the awareness of a qualified driver to prevent accidents on the road. If Operation Wyken has helped to avoid just one such accident, it’s been worthwhile.”