Crackdown on lawbreaking drivers

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Crackdown on lawbreaking drivers

More than 100 road traffic offences were recorded in a day-long countywide enforcement operation to crack down on  fatal four driving offences.

ANPR technology was used to track down drivers during Monday s activities, which formed part of Operation Journey; a programme of work committed to cutting the number of collisions on Northamptonshire s roads.

 Fatal four offences relate to drink or drug driving, speeding, using a phone while driving and failing to wear a seatbelt.

The work was led by officers from the joint Safer Roads Team (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service), and also included Safer Roads Specials, Local Response Officers and Cross Borders Police.

About 40 officers were involved in the operation. During the day, 42 vehicles were seized and six arrests were made – including one for possession of class A drugs.

Results included:

-117 traffic offences identified and dealt with

-16 offences of mobile phone use while driving

-12 offences of failure to wear a seatbelt

-22 vehicles seized for no insurance

-12 vehicles seized for no tax

-13 cases of expired MOT

-One vehicle seized which had been used in a crime

-Six arrests for various offences

Penalties for the  fatal four driving offences range from education workshops to penalty points, fines or driving bans.

These operations also provide a valuable source of intelligence to tackle other crimes in Northamptonshire.

PC Dave Lee, from the Safer Roads team, said:  Operation Journey has already involved a range of focused days of enforcement activity in individual towns within Northamptonshire, but Monday s event was more widespread; involving officers across the entire county.

 We do believe that taking a strong stance on  fatal four offences will inevitably prevent potential collisions from happening. The operation is also beneficial as often drivers have been stopped for a suspected driving offence and this has led to other crimes being uncovered.

 We have many more similar, coordinated enforcement days planned within Northamptonshire, as we continue our work to keep the public safe from harm.

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