A force wide night of action by the Wiltshire Police Special Constabulary to tackle the fatal four – speeding, drink driving, using mobile phones whilst driving and failing to wear seatbelts- took place on Friday 22 May.
In Chippenham, Corsham, Trowbridge, Salisbury and Swindon, 30 Specials from across the county were actively stopping drivers of vehicles who were suspected of or seen committing one of the fatal four to educated them or take appropriate action.
Special Constables are trained volunteers, who when on duty, have the same powers as police offers.
The results of the evening:
•185 vehicles stopped
•48 breath tests administered- all results were negative.
•Three people dealt with for not wearing a seatbelt
•58 drivers were dealt with for speeding.
Overall 21 fixed penalty notices were issued for a variety of offences including speeding and unroadworthy vehicle conditions.
Force Strategic Specials Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Joe Saunders said: “The operation was a success and our intention to educate motorists was well achieved.
“The reaction from local residents was entirely positive, with people asking us to repeat the activity. Special Constables have an important role within the wider Wiltshire Police family. This operation was run by Specials and shows the valuable contribution volunteers can make in local communities.”
Anyone wishing to know more about joining the Wiltshire Special Constabulary can contact the SpecialsCoordinator@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk or can ring 101 for more information from the recruitment team.
All photos Richard Wintle of Calyx