ALMOST 100 HGV drivers were not wearing seatbelts during a police spot check and 12 were using mobile phones.

The figures were released today from Cheshire Police following a two week safety campaign on lorries using motorways and main roads across the county.

Officers used an unmarked HGV to patrol key routes allowing them to identify any offences carried out by lorry drivers.

In total 115 fines were issued during the operation, which ran from April 13 to 27.

Of those, 87 went to motorists who were not wearing seatbelts, 14 to drivers who were not in proper control of the vehicles and 12 to those who were using their mobile phones whilst driving.

Two drivers were also arrested - one who was wanted in connection with a theft and a second who was unfit to drive through drugs.

Chief Inspector Steve Griffiths said: “Sadly, there are some drivers who think it’s acceptable to break the law and believe that they can get away with driving without wearing their seatbelts or whist using their mobile phone.

“The unmarked HGV is a valuable tool as it allows officers to have an elevated view enabling them to see exactly what is going on inside the cab of a lorry and to identify any offences which wouldn’t normally be seen from a patrol car.

“Throughout the operation the team identified more than 100 offending drivers and all of them are facing fines as a result of their actions behind the wheel.”

Some drivers were stopped at the roadside and dealt with and others will be receiving a letter in the post advising them of the fine and the reason why.

“I hope that the operation acts as a warning to lorry drivers and reiterates the fact that nobody is above the law.

“The operation may have concluded butt officers will be continuing to use the unmarked HGV to patrol the road network across the county.”

Action was taken against 14 drivers for not being in proper control of their lorries.

Other miscellaneous offences included no MOT, using a trailer in lane three of the motorway, excess weight and no breakaway cable.