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Warwickshire road safety operation boasts 85% detection rate

Of the 34 vehicles checked during the operation, seven were seized for no insurance or licence, five were dealt with by DVSA for no tax, with one person arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

Offences were detected in the majority of vehicles checked during a multi-agency road safety operation undertaken in Warwickshire this week.

On December 5, operation officers from Warwickshire Police OPU and West Midlands Police Road Harm Prevention Team joined with the DVLA and DVSA to assess 34 vehicles and their drivers at a check site in Exhall, near Coventry.

Of those brought on to the site, numerous offences were found including insecure loads, tyre defects and excessively tinted windows.

Seven vehicles were seized for no insurance or licence; five were dealt with by DVSA for no tax and nine vehicles were prohibited for road worthiness issues.

An individual wanted for drug offences was arrested, while the breath test and drug swipe required from all drivers were negative.

Driver eyesight was also checked, with many drivers last asked to read a number plate at 20 metres at the time of their driving test. 

After recording an 85% detection rate, PC Pete Hayes admitted that such operations are "worth their weight in gold".

He said: We check absolutely everything we can to ensure both the vehicles and drivers are not a risk to innocent road users in Warwickshire and beyond.

"It’s not all about detecting offences, ten drivers received words of advice but one thing is clear, we will continue to target those drivers and companies that put others at risk on the roads.”

In October, a new safety technology being trialed with Warwickshire Police found motorists either holding mobile phones or driving without seatbelts every six minutes.

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