Over 100 police officers and staff were stationed at various stop check points across the county on 7 August to educate drivers and young people in the county about safe driving.
There was also a drink drive roadshow held in Swindon and Salisbury which included the use of a car and a motorbike used in two fatal collisions in Wiltshire.
The day of action was held under Operation Harness which is a long-term collaborative operation designed to incorporate on-going initiatives focusing on different elements of policing. It also pools resources using both police officers and police staff.
Highlights for the day:
• 100 fixed penalty notices were given to drivers who were caught speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or driving whilst using a mobile phone
• More than 150 drivers were breathalised
• More than 40 rectification notices were served to drivers who now have 7 days to correct defects to their vehicles
• 4 vehicles were seized from uninsured drivers and 1 vehicle was seized for not being roadworthy
• One person was also arrested and charged for theft of a motor vehicle, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
Chief Inspector Sean Memory, Specialist Operations, Wiltshire Police said: “The safety of Wiltshire’s roads is of paramount importance to Wiltshire Police and those found to be putting their lives and the lives of other road users at risk will be dealt with appropriately.
“The day of action was really about educating drivers about the dangers they face when they get behind the wheel.
“Along with educating road users, our primary aim is to reduce incidents of serious or fatal road traffic collisions as well as detecting vehicle crime and offences and to issue community reassurance that Wiltshire Police take road safety incredibly seriously.
“Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs ruins lives and those responsible will face the full force of the law. Although we are doing high visibility patrols in the county today, we have officers out and about every day patrolling in Wiltshire.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, has also commended the operation. “I would like to applaud Wiltshire Police for the day of action on our roads. We have seen a welcome reduction over the past ten years in the number of deaths on the county’s roads, but that has now hit a plateau.
“We must remember that much of the area covered by Wiltshire Police is rural with winding, narrow roads with cyclists, horses or slow-moving tractors just around the next bend. During the day I met the family of a young man who died when his motorcycle was in a collision. I was full of admiration for them agreeing to having his wrecked machine put on display.”
The day of action was also supported by partners at Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Road safety is a key priority for Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, and we lead on the highly successful Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshows on behalf of the Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety Partnership.
"We also support other multi-agency road safety initiatives, such as the annual drink-drive roadshows and Operation Harness."
Anyone wishing to report a crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
Statistics on road deaths in Wiltshire:
2007: 67 (five of which were medical deaths)
2013: 18 to date
Serious collisions 2008 to date: