Drivers will find it increasingly difficult to dodge speed traps as Yorkshire police take to the countryside with hidden cameras.

The new tactic surfaced when Twitter user Andrew Thompson posted two photographs of a Humberside policeman spotted inside a stationary John Deere tractor parked on a grass verge in Sledmere, East Yorkshire, along with a mounted camera.

The new operation, which sees officers climbing on board unmarked vehicles – including tractors, has been setup to catch rural offenders. Humberside Police aim to further reduce the number of ‘high-end’ speeders country roads in the East Riding area.

Inspector Mark Hughes, from Humberside Police Road Policing, told the Yorkshire Post: “At the moment Humberside Police are conducting Operation Kansas in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

“This Operation runs alongside the well-established and much publicised Operation Achilles, it is concerned with ‘high-end’ speeding offenders in the East Riding, deploying speed cameras, which are located in a variety of stationary vehicles.

“Vehicles, which are detected travelling at very high speeds, are stopped further along the road and drivers/riders are spoken to and dealt with at the roadside.

“Although the majority of offenders are motorcycles, a number of cars are also dealt with on this operation. We regularly record speeds in the high 90s and over 100 mph, these being on country roads where the National Speed Limit of 60mph is in force.

“It goes without saying that such speeds on these roads are inherently dangerous, particularly when you consider how many side roads and field entrances there are.”

Hughes continued: “This Operation is aimed at the small percentage of riders/drivers, who insist on driving at dangerously high speeds on our country roads, not only endangering themselves, but other innocent road users.”

Photo: Andrew Thompson via Twitter

Sophie Williamson Stothert


September 30, 2015