Thursday, November 29, 2012
A TOTAL of 338 vehicles were stopped and checked by police during a major operation in Clacton to improve road safety and reduce crime.
Operation Surround A Town on Wednesday involved more than 40 police officers carrying out roadside checks and mobile patrols around the town.
The operation was also part of Essex County Council’s three-year No Excuse campaign to tackle motoring offences and raise awareness that there is no excuse for offences such as speeding, driving while using a mobile phone, not wearing seat belts or driving without insurance or valid driving documents.
Offenders were identified by officers patrolling in cars or on motorcycles or through Automatic Number Plate (ANPR) technology and vehicles were escorted to check sites on the A133, at Jaywick Lane, Valley Road and Olivers Road.
Three people were arrested during the course of the operation. They were:
n A 32-year-old woman of no fixed address who was in a car stopped on the A133. She was later charged with one court of possessing cocaine, one count of possessing cannabis and one count of possessing amphetamine. She was bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on December 18.
n A 67-year-old man from Clacton who was stopped at Jaywick Lane was arrested after he was found to be wanted for making threats to kill at Waltham Abbey on November 23. He was bailed pending further enquiries. He was also cautioned for possessing cannabis.
n A 35-year-old man, of no fixed address, who was stopped on the A133 was found to be wanted on a court warrant for causing actual bodily harm. He was detained in custody to appear at Colchester Magistrates Court on Thursday November 29. He was charged with possessing a Class C drug November 28.
Six uninsured vehicles were seized, 32 drivers were seen using mobile phones, 21 vehicles had no MOTs and 98 people were not wearing a seat belt. Sixty seat belt offenders chose to take part in a road safety training course run by police and road safety officers instead of paying a £60 fixed penalty fine.
Twenty other motoring offences were detected including a vehicle being prohibited from the road for being in a dangerous condition, one overweight commercial vehicle and two cars with illegally tinted windows.
VOSA and trading standards officers were also involved at the stop check sites. Essex road safety officers gave advice to offenders and were also involved in community events around Clacton.
County councillor Derrick Louis, cabinet member for Highways and Transportation at Essex County Council said: “The Surround a Town days continue to give us and our partners the opportunity to talk to drivers about the most common causes of accidents and make them aware of their driving behaviour.
“Today we have spoken to more than 400 people at various sites around the town about the importance of road safety. Whilst some drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk we will continue to target those individuals and work to make our roads safer.