Posted: Wed 15th Jun 2016

Special Road Safety Operation In Ewloe

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jun 15th, 2016

A joint road safety operation between the North Wales Special Constabulary and the Roads Policing Unit was held at the weekend. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

On Sunday June 12th officers held the operation at the weighbridge in Ewloe, where caravan owners were urged to attend to have their vehicles weighed and checked. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During the day, which also involved colleagues from the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency – formally known as VOSA), numerous offences were discovered such as people not having the correct entitlement on their driving licence to tow, overweight loadings and not having extended mirrors to be able to see behind clearly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

One vehicle was seized for no insurance and Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) were handed out for offences such as overloading of vehicles, not showing registration plates on their caravan and one driver was issued a TOR for illegally towing a vehicle, due to him being too young to tow. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Specials Chief Inspector Andy Moore from the North Wales Police Special Constabulary said: “During the day we stopped and spoke to many drivers. Advice was given and offences were dealt with accordingly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We also spoke to caravan owners regarding the correct weight for their vehicle. With the summer holidays almost upon us many will be taking to the roads soon so this was a great opportunity to advise motorists on the safe and correct use of their caravans. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This was a great opportunity for the Special Constabulary to get involved with road safety matters – something that is a priority for North Wales Police, and we hope to get involved in a similar operation in the near future.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

North Wales Police currently have 174 Special Constables and between May 1st and June 13th this year have volunteered 7,251 hours. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Special Constables have full police powers, wear the same uniform and use the same equipment as a regular officer. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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