PC Ben Footman and PC Ian Furlong with the truck CMPG officers have also used an unmarked truck – owned by the Highways England – to spot drivers using their phone while drive. And earlier this month, the traffic police launched Operation Proximity to reduce tailgating on the A500 and motorway network. Now incidents of speeding on the A500 could be cut further as work is underway to install speed cameras at 12 locations between Hanchurch roundabout and Wolstanton. Andy Butterfield, head of service delivery at Highways England, said: “We are actively supporting CMPG to reduce collisions and increase our presence on the A500.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “This collaborative approach with Highways England Traffic Officers and CMPG operating on this key road is having a positive impact for drivers, making their journeys safer and more reliable.” Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton has previously spoken in Parliament about the work of officers on the A500. He said: “I campaigned for CMPG to extend their patrols to the A500 and I am pleased that this first year of their involvement has seen success. “I welcome action to reduce collisions on the D-road. Even one death or serious injury is too many. And we all see that traffic accidents on the A500 have an impact on the road system right across our city, causing delay and frustration to motorists.Driving safely and within the speed limit is vital.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes An officer monitoring speed on the A500 (Image: CMPG) Since adding the A500 to their patrols, officers have carried out regular speeding operations and have used ANPR cameras to target illegal vehicles. They have clocked 1,569 drivers ignoring the 50mph limit. Depending on speed, those caught can receive anything from a fine and a place on a drivers’ awareness course to a ban. Read MoreMotorway cops pull over this biker just three months after passing his test Over the last 12 months, CMPG has dealt with 247 incidents on the A500 and seized 29 vehicles. Officers have also made 15 arrests for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, theft, immigration offences, drugs offences and two for money laundering. Superintendent Dave Twyford, head of CMPG, said: “Our introduction has meant more resources to further disrupt criminals that use the roads in the north of the county and a boost for road safety. Sharaz Yaqub says work needs to be done around traffic flow on the A500 “Safety is paramount and, as long as motorists aren’t being used as cash cows, then we are all for it,” he added. “But more needs to be done around traffic management because, if there is one accident on the A500, then the whole of Stoke-on-Trent comes to a stand-still. “Taxi drivers are there for so many different customers and we need the road network to run.” Barry Proctor, owner of Talke-based haulage company Barry Proctor Services, wants police to take speed guns to other locations. He said: “I have some sympathy with the motorists but everyone knows the limit and if you break if then you are taking the risk and you know it.” Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore than 1,500 motorists have been caught speeding on the A500 in just 12 months. The startling figures have been revealed as traffic officers mark the first anniversary of including the D-road among their patrol routes. Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) has clocked up 2,208 hours over that period, cracking down on bad driving and criminals. It has also revealed there have been no fatal collisions on the stretch in the last year – despite three the year before. Read MorePolice warn tailgating on A500 could result in motorists being hit with NINE penalty points as crackdown gets underway The specialist unit – a collaboration between Staffordshire Police and the West Midlands force – had been responsible for overseeing around 400 miles of motorway including the M6, M42, M5 and M54. Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman A Central Motorway Police Group officer on patrol by the A500 “This successful partnership has resulted in a more proactive approach to road users who put others in danger and capturing criminals using the road networks.” Staffordshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Emma Barnett, said: “CMPG are a key part of our approach to roads policing and road safety in Staffordshire with their patrolling of the motorway network and the A500. We’re really pleased that their patrols have boosted policing on one of our busiest roads and delivered a safer route for Staffordshire.” Sharaz Yaqub, chairman of Stoke-on-Trent Private Hire Taxis, says work needs to be done around traffic flow to complement any speed enforcement. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. 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