From Spaghetti Junction To Lasagna

Thu 27th May 2021

A new campaign aimed at reducing collisions on the country’s motorway network has uncovered a shocking number of dangerous driving incidents, including a trucker eating lasagna with a knife and fork while he was driving.

The driver was caught as part of Operation Tramline, an initiative which uses an unmarked HGV lorry to spy on drivers and catch examples of dangerous driving in cars and larger vehicles. As well as catching the hungry trucker, the so-called ‘supercabs’ have been used in a similar operation called Operation Vertebrae, which is taking place on the M6 over the next seven days.

The longest motorway in the UK sees on average 180 incidents a day, and in 2019 there were 4,222 offences.

Driving without a seatbelt was the most common example of dangerous driving caught on camera by the Tramline campaign, with 6,253 incidents, closely followed by mobile phone use, which was spotted 6,073 times.

In addition to the lasagna incident, the supercab cameras also caught a driver boiling a kettle on his dashboard, while a trucker was caught eating a jar of pickles while he drove using his elbows. 

“The Operation Tramline cabs are an important part of our commitment to tackling dangerous driving and those who take unnecessary risks with their own safety and that of others on the road,” said Highways England Head of Road Safety Jeremy Phillips.

“The number of people found using their mobile phone while driving is quite alarming. You are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone and, if caught, face a £200 fine and six points on your licence.

“Through this week of action on the M6 we want to make all of our roads safer by raising awareness and encouraging motorists to consider their driving behaviour.”