Swindon Police stop more than 50 drivers in safety operation

By Barrie Hudson - 8 January 2021

Crime

More than 50 drivers were stopped by officers carrying out a road safety traffic operation at the County Ground car park.

The operation, carried out yesterday - 7 January - by the Swindon response team, was focused on ensuring that vehicles were roadworthy and legal, and targeted those being driven without insurance.
In winter months the force usually see a dramatic rise in road traffic collisions caused by defective tyres and equipment.
Checks yesterday included their lights, tyres and documentation.
Two vehicles were seized, one driver was issued with a vehicle defect ticket for driving on worn out tyres and three were reported for driving without insurance.
In addition, one driver was reported for driving without a licence and another, a 32-year-old man, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a Class B drug. He is currently in custody at Gablecross Police Station.
Inspector David Tippetts said: “Illegal and unsafe cars, as well as driving under the influence, continue to be a major contribution towards collisions therefore it’s pleasing to see that our activity today has shown the majority of road users are responsible and keep their vehicles in legal working order.
"We have taken action against all those drivers who have committed significant offences and passed words of advice to others. Anyone using the road network illegally puts themselves, as well as other drivers and pedestrians, at risk.”
 

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