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Road safety operation A500

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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Almost 100 vehicles were caught speeding on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent during the latest road safety operation.

On Saturday 25 January officers from the force’s Road Policing Team worked with colleagues from Stoke-on-Trent South Local Policing Team (LPT) and the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership to target speeding vehicles and anti-social driving.

The operation specifically supported ongoing work to reduce serious injury and fatal collisions on the A500.

A check site was set up on the A500, near to the Britannia Stadium, and included the use of overt and covert mobile and static Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) equipment along with officers on marked motorcycles.

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A total of 90 vehicles were detected by the mobile camera van for excess speed, the highest recorded being 75mph in a 50mph limit.

Two vehicles were seized at the roadside for having no insurance.

Additionally, 17 motorists were also stopped and reported for summons for 19 offences. They will be summoned to court or, if eligible, diverted onto an educational course.

The 19 offences consisted of:

6 Vehicle Excise License offences (no tax);

1 offence of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence;

1 MOT offence;

1 lighting offence;

2 number plate offences;

1 DVLA record offence;

3 no insurance offences;

4 mobile phone offences.

Sgt Rob Gilligan, from the force’s Road Policing Team, said: “We are committed to reducing the number of fatal and serious injury collisions on the county’s roads.

“Such operations are part of our daily business and together with partner agencies we will continue to target areas affected by speeding motorists and anti-social driving.

“Motorists should expect to be stopped by us if they are committing a traffic offence and they will dealt with accordingly.”

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