Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Police Step Up Road Safety Checks

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

On 31st May North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit (RPU) carried out a ‘Road Safety’ operation in the Gwynedd, Mon and Flintshire areas. In addition to officers conducting safety checks motorists were also targeted for excess speed, use of mobile phones whilst driving and not wearing seat belts – in other words part of the ‘Fatal Five’. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sergeant Tony Gately RPU said “In Pwllheli 20 motorists were prosecuted for not wearing seats belts or using mobile phones whilst over 20 others were caught with either faulty, defective or dangerous parts. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In Ewloe, Flintshire 8 vehicles were found to be over their legal weight limit, 2 had defective brakes and one driver failed to take a mandatory rest break. 2 vehicles were also served ‘prohibition notices’ meaning that faults will need rectifying before being allowed back on the highway. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

At Dalar Hir on Anglesey 2 ‘goods vehicles’ were found to have exceeded their legal weight and 2 drivers failed to take a rest break. There were a number of other ‘goods vehicles’ and ‘safety’ related offences in addition to 3 excess speed and using phones whilst driving” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The current road safety campaign is aimed solely at reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries sustained on our roads as a result of collisions where vehicle defects or one of the ‘Fatal Five’ is a contributory factor. Operations like this will continue and run alongside the National Summer Anti Drink and Drug Drive campaign which also started today.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sgt Gatley added “The vast majority of road users are law abiding people who merely want to get from A to B as safely as possible so help us rid our roads of the anti-social and dangerous few by letting us know who they are. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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