More than 700 motorists caught in police safety campaign

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More than 700 motorists were caught for vehicle offences as part of a police road safety campaign.

The ‘Think’ campaign, which ran throughout October, resulted in 727 motorists being caught.

The focus was on vehicle construction and use offences, which coincided with the force’s Get Closer vehicle offences month, and ranged from overweight vehicles, lighting, tyres, no MOT, windows, brakes and trailer offences.

Inspector Mark Rogers said: “Last month traffic officers were out advising drivers about the need to prepare their vehicles for the winter.

“So many drivers were failing on road safety legislation around checking lights, tyres and brakes, which is basic common sense.

“We will continue to catch drivers who flout the law to keep the county’s roads safe for all.”

The breakdown of the results are:

• 78 fixed penalty notices were issued and two verbal warnings for overweight vehicles

• Four fixed penalty notices and two verbal warnings for driver hours

• 49 fixed penalty notices, 159 verbal warnings and 43 were put on the vehicle defect rectification scheme for lighting offences

• 62 fixed penalty notices and 12 verbal warnings for tyres which were defective or insufficient tread

• 54 fixed penalty notices for no MOT

• *159 fixed penalty notices and 24 verbal warnings for window tints

• Eight fixed penalty notices issued for load offences

• Eight fixed penalty notices, three verbal warnings and two put on the vehicle defect rectification scheme for exhaust offences

• Five fixed penalty notices issued for windscreen offences

• 22 fixed penalty notices issued for registration plate offences

• Seven fixed penalty notices issued for brake offences

• Six fixed penalty notices issued for trailer offences

The Get Closer campaign raises awareness of crime trends in a bid to drive down crime.