The new technique for catching people out has been used successfully by officers in the West Midlands. They are now asking members of the public sat on double deckers to also video any drivers they see on their phones to help police crack down on the offence.
Police sit on double decker buses to catch drivers on their phones
The motorists that were caught in the act were stopped by police shortly afterwards and shown a VR video of the ‘consequences’ of their actions.
The video ‘punishment’ showed people getting injured as a result of a driver using their mobile at the wheel.
The BBC reported that any offenders caught by officers on the buses would be contacted retrospectively by post with a £200 fine and six points on their licence.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the force is planning to continue the initiative from the top deck.
In a report by BBC News on the new policing method, an officer is filmed catching a driver texting at the wheel of their Range Rover.
One driver was caught texting at the wheel, while another said they had been sending emails in the BBC film (Picture: BBC News)
Another driver was brought back to a central zone, agreeing to be on camera and even interviewed. He said he was aware he was breaking the law when ‘checking his emails’.
The driver, Michael Neel, said he was surprised to be pulled over but said it would act as a future deterrent. PC Mark Hodson, speaking from the top of a double decker, said: ‘Most of the offending is done in 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 from and not only that but we can train up all our neighbourhood policing PCSO’s and PCs to do exactly the same when they go on normal bus journeys in their own communities.’
Culled from Metro.co.uk