Warwickshire Police and partners support Global Road Safety Week 17-23 May 2021
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Warwickshire Police and partners took part in Global Road Safety Week from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 May to help improve road safety across the county for all road users.
During the campaign, frontline officers including OPU, Patrol, SNT, police volunteers and partners delivered a range of road safety activities centred around education and enforcement.
This included - 9 dedicated speed checks using handheld devices with 74 motorists being dealt with for speed offences. One vehicle was also discovered to be on false plates and a Notice of Intended Prosecution was sent to the registered keeper of a motorcycle that failed to stop - As a result of one of the speed checks, engagement with one speeding driver identified that he was visiting the area to visit a friend, checks on this friend confirmed he was wanted for RAPE and officers attended his location and arrested him. - During the week, mobile camera vans were also used at 14 sites around the county where speed has been identified as an issue and a total of 330 speeding offences were recorded by our enforcement officers - Community SpeedWatch volunteers also took part in the campaign recording 60 speeding drivers with the highest speed of 47mph in a 30mph zone - 7 drivers were dealt with for using a mobile phone whilst driving - 7 vehicles were seized for No insurance and the drivers prosecuted - 1 disqualified driver was also dealt with - 4 drivers were arrested for drink driving - 1 driver was arrested for drug driving - SNT teams visited schools in partnership with Warwickshire Road Safety Education Team as part of the re-launch of the popular ‘Cars and Kids Don’t Mix’ campaign to help make the roads around schools safer and less congested by providing road safety advice to pupils, and also educating parents regarding safe parking near the school. - 2 vehicles were found to be overweight and stopped from continuing their journey until their weight was reduced to the legal limit and the drivers prosecuted. - 4 Abnormal Loads were checked, with 2 drivers prohibited from continuing on their journey until their load and movement orders were in order. - 1 vehicle was seized for having No Road Tax - Numerous other drivers and vehicles were dealt with for a number of other traffic offences ranging from No MOT’s, illegal number plates to bumpers hanging off the vehicle.
Operations to help improve road safety took place across the county and in one operation in Leamington on Saturday 22 May officers and staff from Warwickshire’s Special Constabulary, Leamington SNT and A shift Leamington stopped 14 vehicles for a range of offences including no insurance, using a mobile phone whilst driving, speeding, no brake lights, illegal tyres and number plate offences. The operation also helped address anti-social driving around Leamington Spa town that had been reported by local residents. These results are included in the list above.
Sergeant Shaun Bridle said “The vast majority of the offences detected were due to choices made by the driver and we are asking these drivers to please consider others by choosing to do the right thing to help make Warwickshire’s roads safer for everyone. I’m pleased to say that the majority of Warwickshire’s road users are legal and lawful. This was a great effort by officers, staff and volunteers and more road safety operations are planned over the coming months.”