More than 145 offences detected in Norfolk police road checks
Police in Norfolk stopped over 80 vehicles and detected over 145 offences as part of a roads policing operation targeting commercial vehicles last week.
As part of the operation, officers from the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team and the Road Casualty Reduction Team carried out extra patrols, in both marked and unmarked vehicles along the A47 and A11.
In Norfolk, a total of 81 vehicles were stopped, with 147 offences detected. And 131 traffic offence reports were issued, with some drivers having committed more than one offence.
Offences reported were for failing to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone, excess speed, dangerous driving, insecure loads, no insurance, vehicle defects and careless driving.
Temporary Chief Inspector Jon Chapman from the Roads and Armed Policing Team said: "It is extremely disappointing to see a number of drivers being dealt with for the fatal four offences which include speeding, driving without a seatbelt, driving whilst using a mobile phone and drink or drug driving. As we continue to reiterate, these offences increase the chance of being involved in a serious or even fatal collision.
"These campaigns give us the opportunity to target drivers who are putting not only their own safety at risk, but also the safety of other road users at risk and we will continue to take enforcement action against anyone who is flouting the law.”
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: "The list of offences committed by the drivers stopped during this policing operation makes for stark reading.
"That so many commercial vehicle drivers were found to be committing offences on Norfolk's roads is simply inexcusable.
"Drivers like these who flout the law present a very real risk to the safety of all road users. Improving road safety has always been one of my top priorities and I fully support my roads policing colleagues in clamping down on offenders and sending the clear message that this reckless behaviour will not be tolerated in our county."
Traffic offence reports issued as part of this year’s campaign could result in fines and/or points on drivers’ licences. Those with existing points risk losing their licence completely.