Drivers stopped in Road Safety Week
5:35pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
MORE than 270 drivers were caught out for speeding and a number of offences during a crackdown by Greater Manchester Police.
Their road safety awareness week involved officers aiming to tackle dangerous and illegal driving and educating road users on the importance of safety.
Operation Tiko aimed to target illegal and stolen caravans, trailers and plants on the M62 and M6 in conjunction with Lancashire Police, with 113 drivers stopped and four vehicles seized.
In addition, 28 drivers were served roadside prohibitions and 10 were served for traffic offences, and 12 received fixed penalty notices.
Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “It doesn’t matter whether you are a motorist, cyclist or motorcyclist, road safety and traffic laws needs to be adhered by all and the results of our week of action demonstrate just how many people were prepared to flout the law and potentially put their lives at risk.”
Police also took advantage of new powers which allow them to issue traffic reports that can lead to fines for driving irresponsibly, such as lane hogging or tailgateing.
Josie Wride, Group Manager at DriveSafe, added: “The operations run by GMP during Road Safety Awareness Week have highlighted that it’s not all about issuing points and receiving fines.
“We want to improve road safety in the long term by offering people the chance to attend a course.”
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