Bournemouth operator Yellow Buses has worked with the Dorset Police Road Casualty Reduction and No Excuse teams to help deliver an operation enforcing the ban on mobile phone use when driving.
Officers were aboard one of Yellow Buses’ double-deckers, from where they observed the behaviour of drivers and reported those contravening the law to unmarked police vehicles in the area. Officers in those then took any necessary steps.
Yellow Buses provided the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 free of charge to Dorset Police. Its use fell within the National Police Chiefs’ Council week of action on mobile phone use.
Says Sergeant Lee Savage, of Dorset Police’s No Excuse team: “This has been a really successful operation for us, with 12 drivers found to be using their mobile phone at the wheel. 10 of those were within the first hour of the operation. A further 13 offences were detected, including driving with no insurance, licence, valid MoT or tax.”
Adds Yellow Buses Managing Director David Squire: “We are delighted to have worked with colleagues from Dorset Police on this project. As a local company we are proud of the work that we do in the community, and this is another example – in this case, targeting road safety to make sure our roads are safe for everyone.”