SPY police are slapping the British with fines and penalty points after using a cunning tactic to find the phone users behind the wheel.
Dorset police sit on buses to catch dangerous drivers in Bournemouth in an experiment called “Operation Decker”.
The sting operation comes ahead of a new law enacted later this year aimed at deterring drivers from using their phones.
Police used these secret tactics to nab 10 motorcyclists.
Ten people were caught violating various motoring laws, such as driving without a license, not paying taxes, or not having a valid MOT.
The three drivers, who were stopped for mobile phone offenses, had their vehicles confiscated as they were driving without insurance.
And a man was not seen touching his steering wheel while driving.
The operation was a “huge success,” said Sergeant Lee Savage of the Dorset Police’s No Excise Team.
He said: “Buses provide a perfect place for officers to identify road traffic offenses and nowadays special attention is paid to mobile phones.
One driver had both hands on the wheel and his phone was in front of him, using both thumbs on the touch screen while the car was in motion.
“It also opened the door for us to deal with other crimes.
“Two vehicles were confiscated – one because they did not have insurance and the other because they were driving without a license.
“There was a stolen money. It activated the automatic number plate recognition system in one of our vehicles.”
During the operation, two uniformed officers were sitting on the upper deck of a yellow double decker bus and two on the lower deck.
The bus went on a circular route around Bournemouth to catch criminals.
Sergeant Lee Savage added: “Hopefully this will send a very clear message to the public – if you are in a car you need to focus on driving.
“You have to look at the big picture. If you use your phone you are four times more likely to have an accident.
“If you are injured, it has a huge impact not only on you and your family but also on others.”
David Sudok, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We are very grateful to Yellow Bus for lending us one of these buses.
“You’d be surprised how many people think it’s okay to use their phones while driving a ton.
“They came from all walks of life.”
The current law makes it illegal to make text or phone calls while driving, yet it does not prevent drivers from touching a hand-held device.
But new legislation later this year will make it illegal to touch a handheld device for any reason.
This includes checking information while driving, taking pictures or playing music.
The new rules will also apply to people who get stuck in traffic or check their phone at a red light.
Drivers who break them will be given a £ 200 fine and six points on their license.
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