OFFICERS stopped 30 vehicles as part of an operation to crack down on road safety in Lichfield and Tamworth yesterday (21 May).
A total of 15 officers from Lichfield and Tamworth neighbourhood policing teams were accompanied by colleagues from the force’s Roads Policing Unit, Central Motorway Policing Group and volunteers from the Special Constabulary to tackle all traffic-related offences.
The operation is part of Staffordshire Police’s new roads policing plan named Operation Lightning. It aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads of Staffordshire and to disrupt and deter criminals use of the road network.
A 38-year-old from Wolverhampton was arrested in Lichfield on suspicion of failing a roadside drug wipe test and his vehicle was seized due to no insurance. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Five drivers were also reported for driving with no insurance and using a mobile phone at the wheel.
PC Luke Ashford, from Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, who oversaw the day of action, said: “This operation was organised to remind motorists of the importance of traffic laws and regulations by promoting road safety, educating motorists and tackling those who use their vehicles for the purposes of committing crime on our road networks.
“I hope that yesterday provided reassurance to the local community and we will continue to target any drivers whose behaviour on the road presents a risk to other road users or themselves.”
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