Hundreds of motoring offences in
day of action in Cambridgeshire

28.12.2018

More than 800 motoring enforcements were handed out during Cambridgeshire police’s biggest road safety event last month.

The 24-hour multi-agency operation included enforcement activity targeting the use of mobile phones while driving, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

During the operation, 534 motorists were dealt with for speeding, 260 Lights Instead of Tickets (LIT) were handed to cyclists, 25 drivers were reported for using a mobile phone, 25 people were dealt with for not wearing a seatbelt and seven motorists were reported for going through a red light.

Speedwatch volunteers recorded 150 people speeding and will be sending out warning letters, 291 checks were made on vehicle tyres and 40 roadside eyesight tests were completed, with one driver failing the test, preventing them from driving until they pass an eyesight test.

Superintendent James Sutherland, who led the operation on November 2, said: “It’s always disappointing to catch so many people committing motoring offences or putting themselves at risk by failing to wear a seatbelt or cycling in the dark without lights.

“Through the operation we were also able to deliver road safety training to around 1000 children and teenagers in pre-schools, schools and colleges across the county.

“Road offences are a highly emotive topic for the public and in the current policing climate we are in a position where we have to juggle the public’s expectations around enforcement with our own local demand. However, we aim to empower people to change their behaviour and make poor and dangerous driving unacceptable.

“Within 24 hours we wanted to take as many dangerous vehicles and drivers off the roads as possible.”

More than 350 officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers took part in the event, including Specials, police cadets, neighbourhood officers, road policing officers and representatives from a number of charities and local organisations.

Last year, 48 people were killed in Cambridgeshire, 436 were seriously injured and 2307 were injured in collisions. The operation included Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, the Road Victims Trust, Brake, the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Tyre Safe, Mick George, What3words, VOSA and Volvo.

Activity on the day included:

• Road side ‘speed gun’ enforcement throughout the county, with a focus on rural areas

• Intelligence-led operation targeting disqualified drivers who still drive in the county

• Peterborough – enforcement activity focused on vehicle-related criminality, uninsured drivers and road safety related offences 

• Tyre checks, supported by Highways England, to check unsafe and illegal tyres 

• HGV operation in Sawtry targeting HGV offences

• Op Velo in Cambridge City targeting cycle safety and the ‘fatal four’ using plain-clothed cyclists

• Community Speedwatch checks across the county in 45 local towns and villages

• A test to find Cambridgeshire’s safest driver through advanced driving sessions with Cambridge Advanced Motorists

• Drink and drug drive checks across the county

Supt Sutherland added: “The operation pulled on the expertise of a number of partners, charities and organisations to ensure we had maximum impact. Thank you to all those involved for your support.”

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