More than 40 vehicles were stopped in King's Lynn as part of a multi-agency police operation
More than 40 vehicles were stopped by police in Lynn last Friday as part of a multi-agency operation to reduce road casualties and disrupt criminality.
A number of officers took part in the Roads Policing Action Day, alongside partner agencies including the DVSA. The Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner was also in attendance.
As part of the action day a number of vehicles were escorted onto a designated check site along Saddlebow Road.
A total of 42 vehicles were stopped throughout the day, including cars, light goods vehicles and heavy goods vehicles. 36 drivers were consequently dealt with for offences.
Drivers were dealt with for a series of issues.
A number of vehicles were immediately prohibited from use on the road due to the defects found such as cracked windscreens, failure to wear a seatbelt and insecure loads.
Inspector Simon Jones from the Joint Roads and Armed Policing said: “The level of expertise the officers in our team have is clear to see, through the fact that only six out of 42 vehicles escorted onto the check site left without any offences detected. This should act as a deterrent to anyone driving a vehicle that is not roadworthy.
“Working alongside our partner agencies in order to crack down on road related offences is something we target all year round, however these actions days send a clear message to offenders that they could be stopped at any point and will face punishment.
"This follows a series of action days and is the latest to bring skills and resources together to disrupt criminal activity and make our communities safer."
Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie said: "I was really keen to attend the event to see first-hand the work carried out by our roads policing officers and partners to help keep Norfolk's roads a safe place for all. While it was interesting to witness an operation in action it was disappointing to see the number of private car owners and commercial drivers who chose to drive with thoughtless disregard for the safety of others.
"No-one should be taking any chances and putting the lives of themselves or other road users in danger."
A number of TORs were issued as part of this initiative, which could result in fines and/or points on drivers’ licences. Anyone with existing points on their licence risks losing it completely.