Police in Devon have come up with a great way to combine a nice sit down with traffic policing; using an undercover double decker bus as a mobile surveillance unit to sit inside and snoop on drivers below.
It's been such a success that 130 drivers were captured using their phones in and around Plymouth over one Friday and Saturday period, and with a maximum £200 fine a pop that easily pays for the rental of a bus. In fact, it's such a good idea we might hire out a bus, rent out a police uniform and drive around doing the same.
The trick is that this elevated, in-the-thick-of-it position lets police catch drivers who think they're being clever by wedging a phone between their thighs then texting their LOL messages by squinting downwards, something a road-level officer might fail to notice.
Devon and Cornwall Police's PC Andy Llewellyn said:"The double-decker bus is great to catch people looking down on their laps using phones. This is a great example of how we can maximise policing resources by working closely with partner organisations in the community." [Devon Live]
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