Two people have been arrested for drug driving among more than 200 offences detected by Suffolk police on the A11, A12 and A14 using a tractor.

A lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and possession of cannabis, and a car driver was also arrested on suspicion of drug driving as part of a new Suffolk police operation, named Tramline.

The operation saw police detect a higher number of offences than usual by using a tractor, supplied by Suffolk Highways, which allowed officers to see drivers from a raised vantage point.

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Of the total 210 vehicles stopped, 94 were lorries and 51 were smaller goods vehicles.

The operation took place between Monday, April 29 and Friday, May 3.

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Sergeant Scott Lee-Amies, of the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: "It is particularly concerning that over 60% of the offences detected were from the ‘Fatal 4’ main causes of collisions: not wearing a seatbelt; using a mobile phone; excess speed; and drink/drug driving."

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“These are not trivial offences – they can and do result in people suffering serious harm – and we will continue to do all we can to make our roads safer for everyone."

East Anglian Daily Times: Tim Passmore, Suffolk's police and crime commissionerTim Passmore, Suffolk's police and crime commissioner (Image: Newsquest)

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, added: "I simply cannot comprehend how anyone could get behind the wheel whilst under the influence of drugs – risking not only their own lives but the lives of all those on the roads around them."

“I also find it disappointing that so many drivers – particularly those who rely on their driving licence for their livelihood - still need to be reminded about something so obvious as putting on a seat belt or not using their mobile phones."