The cunning method the police used to detect the driver on the phone behind the wheel was exposed

SPY police are slapping Brits with fines and penalty points after using a cunning tactic to spot phone users behind the wheel.

Dorset police sat on buses to catch dangerous motorists in Bournemouth in a trial called “Operation Decker”.

'Operation Decker' launched to catch motorists using their phones while driving

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‘Operation Decker’ launched to catch motorists using their phones while driving
A man was found without a steering wheel while driving

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A man was found without a steering wheel while driving

Sting operation precedes a new rule effective later this year to restrict motorists from using their phones.

Police caught 10 motorists using these secret tactics.

Ten people were caught breaking a number of different driving laws, such as driving without a license, without taxes, or without a valid driver’s license.

Three drivers who were stopped for cell phone violations had their vehicles impounded for driving without insurance.

And a man was spotted without a steering wheel while driving.

Sergeant Lee Savage, of Dorset Police’s No Reason team, said the operation had been a “hugely successful”.

“Bus provide an excellent vantage point for officers to spot road traffic violations, especially with today’s mobile phones in mind,” he said.

“One driver dropped both hands on the wheel and held the phone in front of him, using both thumbs on the touchscreen while the car was in motion.

“It also opens the door for us to tackle other crimes.

“Two cars were seized – one because they had no insurance and another because they were driving without a license.

“There is a stolen Mini that has been located. It has activated the automatic license plate recognition system on one of our vehicles.”

The operation involved two uniformed officers sitting on the top deck of a Yellow Buses double-decker and two on the bottom deck.

The bus went on a circular route Bournemouth arrest criminals.

Sergeant Lee Savage added: “Hopefully this sends a very clear message to the public – if you’re in the car, you need to focus on driving.

“You have to look at the bigger picture. You’re four times more likely to be in an accident if you’re using a phone.

“If you get injured, the impact not only on you and your family but on others is huge.”

‘OPERATION TOOL’

David Sidwick, Commissioner for Police and Crime Dorset, said: “We are very grateful to Yellow Bus for lending us one of their buses.

“You’d be surprised how many people think it’s possible to use their phone while driving a car that weighs a ton.”

“They come from all walks of life.”

Current law makes it illegal to text or make calls while driving, but it doesn’t prevent drivers from touching hand-held devices.

But new legislation to be enacted later this year will make it illegal to touch handsets for any reason.

This includes checking notifications, taking photos or playing music while driving.

The new law will also apply to people checking their phones in traffic jams or at red lights.

Drivers who violate them will receive a fixed £200 penalty notice plus six points on their license.

David Sidwick says:'You'd be surprised how many people think it's OK to use your phone while driving'

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David Sidwick says: ‘You’d be surprised how many people think it’s OK to use your phone while driving’
The operation involved two uniformed officers sitting on the top deck of a yellow Bus

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The operation involved two uniformed officers sitting on the top deck of a yellow Bus

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