Road offenders nabbed in crackdown

This Is Wiltshire: A driver is stopped by Wiltshire Police for a motoring offence A driver is stopped by Wiltshire Police for a motoring offence

TRAFFIC police detected a motoring offence once every five minutes during a crackdown around the town last week.

More than 70 vehicles offences were detected by police officers during an operation to tackle anti-social driving in and around Swindon.

On Wednesday last week, officers from Roads Policing Units at Tri Force (Wiltshire Police, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Gloucestershire Constabulary), Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Police took to roads in Swindon and on the M4 corridor.

The operation was in response to concerns raised by the public regarding anti-social driving in Swindon and the M4, and comes shortly after Wiltshire Police also launched its annual drink-drive campaign targeting those drinking during the World Cup.

Sergeant Warren Knight of the Tri Force Specialist Operations team said: “While the operation led to a number of enforcements actions, officers were also able to use video evidence from the police vehicles to educate drivers about their driving.

“We hope this will change their driving behaviour and benefit the wider travelling public.

“This operation highlights that we listen to the concerns raised within our communities and we robustly tackle these.”

The six-hour operation involved both marked and unmarked police vehicles from the units, as well as the Vehicle Operating Standards Agency, and more than 70 vehicle-related offences were detected – roughly an offence being identified every five minutes.

In total 11 vehicles were seized because the driver had no insurance, and one car was seized because the driver had no licence.

Two drivers were dealt with for careless driving, while three vehicles had immediate prohibitions relating to their dangerous condition, and 14 drivers were dealt with for using mobile phones while driving.

Among the other offences were speeding, not wearing seat belts and having no MOT certificates. A number of heavy goods vehicles and commercial vans received fines for being overweight and having drivers’ hours infringements.

The operation also targeted EU nationals who are now UK residents for using vehicles that have not been registered with the DVLA for tax and MOT purposes.

These vehicles can be seized where drivers do not comply with the DVLA requirements.

Anyone wishing to report a vehicle related crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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8:19am Wed 18 Jun 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Should be done every week!
Should be done every week! A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 21

8:50am Wed 18 Jun 14

Tomdog says...

Its about time the police crackdown on the amount of Eastern European vehicles running around Swindon for years without no mot, tax and insurance.
Its about time the police crackdown on the amount of Eastern European vehicles running around Swindon for years without no mot, tax and insurance. Tomdog
  • Score: 40

10:30am Wed 18 Jun 14

twasadawf says...

Spend a couple of days round broad st/ manchester rd and they would take over a hundred cars off the road
Spend a couple of days round broad st/ manchester rd and they would take over a hundred cars off the road twasadawf
  • Score: 23

10:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

motley crue says...

They need to get round edmund street cars have started racing up and down edmund street at 50mph or more doing handbrake turns and all sorts its complete dangerous driving someone is gonna get injured or killed soon complete morons as usual its to do with rolleston street
They need to get round edmund street cars have started racing up and down edmund street at 50mph or more doing handbrake turns and all sorts its complete dangerous driving someone is gonna get injured or killed soon complete morons as usual its to do with rolleston street motley crue
  • Score: 11

11:01am Wed 18 Jun 14

motley crue says...

Normally the dangerous driving happens in edmund street between 6.30pm and 10pm
Normally the dangerous driving happens in edmund street between 6.30pm and 10pm motley crue
  • Score: 6

11:11am Wed 18 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Roads are way to congested and many drivers are not fit to drive. Make bans easier to hand out and make them permanent.
Roads are way to congested and many drivers are not fit to drive. Make bans easier to hand out and make them permanent. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 1

11:25am Wed 18 Jun 14

adsinibiza says...

what is 'anti social driving?'
what is 'anti social driving?' adsinibiza
  • Score: 0

11:50am Wed 18 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

adsinibiza wrote:
what is 'anti social driving?'
Have to agree, "what is anti social driving" what road traffic offence is that, because i know a lot about RTO,s and I cant find any reference to it the "stones".

More like the funds are low at plods home ground and they,v seen some new cars or helicopters or tazers they want and they,v been told theres no money, so generate your own.

Broad st would be a good area to do this sort of rubbish but they cant, esepcially,ESPECIALL
Y, on a friday.

Sharia law in that area, plod not allowed in.
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: what is 'anti social driving?'[/p][/quote]Have to agree, "what is anti social driving" what road traffic offence is that, because i know a lot about RTO,s and I cant find any reference to it the "stones". More like the funds are low at plods home ground and they,v seen some new cars or helicopters or tazers they want and they,v been told theres no money, so generate your own. Broad st would be a good area to do this sort of rubbish but they cant, esepcially,ESPECIALL Y, on a friday. Sharia law in that area, plod not allowed in. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 1

11:52am Wed 18 Jun 14

Al Smith says...

adsinibiza wrote:
what is 'anti social driving?'
Driving in a careless or inconsiderate manner
Driving on common land, a footpath or bridle way or any land which is not part of a road
Driving in a manner which is causing/has been causing, or is likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public

I suppose you could say it will cover a lot of those things the highway code tells you to do or not do that aren't backed up by a specific law (i.e. where the HC says should as opposed to must).
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: what is 'anti social driving?'[/p][/quote]Driving in a careless or inconsiderate manner Driving on common land, a footpath or bridle way or any land which is not part of a road Driving in a manner which is causing/has been causing, or is likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public I suppose you could say it will cover a lot of those things the highway code tells you to do or not do that aren't backed up by a specific law (i.e. where the HC says should as opposed to must). Al Smith
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

BCDR99 says...

Great news but isn't this what policing the highways should look like all of the time?
Great news but isn't this what policing the highways should look like all of the time? BCDR99
  • Score: 12

12:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

squidney says...

The picture says 'A driver is stopped by Wiltshire Police for a motoring offence.'

Forgive me if I'm wrong but that picture looks like a police car to me, so they have resorted to stopping themselves!
The picture says 'A driver is stopped by Wiltshire Police for a motoring offence.' Forgive me if I'm wrong but that picture looks like a police car to me, so they have resorted to stopping themselves! squidney
  • Score: 10

1:38pm Wed 18 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

Sadly just a drop in the ocean. Having driven back from London yesterday i would reckon at least 200 drivers were breaking the speed limit in fairly heavy traffic, so clearly they have no respect for the law, other drivers or themselves either! They should try breath testing on a Saturday and Sunday morning they would get hundreds!
Sadly just a drop in the ocean. Having driven back from London yesterday i would reckon at least 200 drivers were breaking the speed limit in fairly heavy traffic, so clearly they have no respect for the law, other drivers or themselves either! They should try breath testing on a Saturday and Sunday morning they would get hundreds! house on the hill
  • Score: -6

2:01pm Wed 18 Jun 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

squidney wrote:
The picture says 'A driver is stopped by Wiltshire Police for a motoring offence.'

Forgive me if I'm wrong but that picture looks like a police car to me, so they have resorted to stopping themselves!
Well, given the way some of them drive....
[quote][p][bold]squidney[/bold] wrote: The picture says 'A driver is stopped by Wiltshire Police for a motoring offence.' Forgive me if I'm wrong but that picture looks like a police car to me, so they have resorted to stopping themselves![/p][/quote]Well, given the way some of them drive.... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 8

3:16pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Mukkin says...

house on the hill wrote:
Sadly just a drop in the ocean. Having driven back from London yesterday i would reckon at least 200 drivers were breaking the speed limit in fairly heavy traffic, so clearly they have no respect for the law, other drivers or themselves either! They should try breath testing on a Saturday and Sunday morning they would get hundreds!
Why has this negative votes? I agree with all points, having lived near London for many a year, I don't envy anyone doing that journey, even the M4 gets manic after Reading, like someone else has said, this should be done weekly and get rid of the plastic traffic patrols pretending to be policemen.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Sadly just a drop in the ocean. Having driven back from London yesterday i would reckon at least 200 drivers were breaking the speed limit in fairly heavy traffic, so clearly they have no respect for the law, other drivers or themselves either! They should try breath testing on a Saturday and Sunday morning they would get hundreds![/p][/quote]Why has this negative votes? I agree with all points, having lived near London for many a year, I don't envy anyone doing that journey, even the M4 gets manic after Reading, like someone else has said, this should be done weekly and get rid of the plastic traffic patrols pretending to be policemen. Mukkin
  • Score: -7

4:12pm Wed 18 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

And I see coppers useing bus lanes, turning into bus only ways. Parking anywere.

But then they are imune from prosecution even if they tazer you sensless whilst naked in a cell surrounded by their mates. Or your a small woman you can be beaten sencless and still gaurantee your job.

No I think the Koreans have better police than we do.
And I see coppers useing bus lanes, turning into bus only ways. Parking anywere. But then they are imune from prosecution even if they tazer you sensless whilst naked in a cell surrounded by their mates. Or your a small woman you can be beaten sencless and still gaurantee your job. No I think the Koreans have better police than we do. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -1

4:16pm Wed 18 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

But if your responcible for this.

A MAN who sold a nurse’s irreplaceable jewellery to a gold shop after her house was burgled has walked free from court.

You walk free. REALLY, and crime doesnt pay. WHAT A JOKE.

but if you do 31mph, your fined on the spot. Because thats the only way these highway robbers can make anything from the unwary motorist.
But if your responcible for this. A MAN who sold a nurse’s irreplaceable jewellery to a gold shop after her house was burgled has walked free from court. You walk free. REALLY, and crime doesnt pay. WHAT A JOKE. but if you do 31mph, your fined on the spot. Because thats the only way these highway robbers can make anything from the unwary motorist. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 11

5:50pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Al Smith says...

Mukkin wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Sadly just a drop in the ocean. Having driven back from London yesterday i would reckon at least 200 drivers were breaking the speed limit in fairly heavy traffic, so clearly they have no respect for the law, other drivers or themselves either! They should try breath testing on a Saturday and Sunday morning they would get hundreds!
Why has this negative votes? I agree with all points, having lived near London for many a year, I don't envy anyone doing that journey, even the M4 gets manic after Reading, like someone else has said, this should be done weekly and get rid of the plastic traffic patrols pretending to be policemen.
Because too many car drivers seem to think they are above the law and/or think that poor driving skills are acceptable.
[quote][p][bold]Mukkin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Sadly just a drop in the ocean. Having driven back from London yesterday i would reckon at least 200 drivers were breaking the speed limit in fairly heavy traffic, so clearly they have no respect for the law, other drivers or themselves either! They should try breath testing on a Saturday and Sunday morning they would get hundreds![/p][/quote]Why has this negative votes? I agree with all points, having lived near London for many a year, I don't envy anyone doing that journey, even the M4 gets manic after Reading, like someone else has said, this should be done weekly and get rid of the plastic traffic patrols pretending to be policemen.[/p][/quote]Because too many car drivers seem to think they are above the law and/or think that poor driving skills are acceptable. Al Smith
  • Score: -1

7:37pm Wed 18 Jun 14

EVERETTP9 says...

ABOUT TIME TOO, AND AS TO THE COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT IS ANTI-SOCIAL DRIVING...GROW UP
ABOUT TIME TOO, AND AS TO THE COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT IS ANTI-SOCIAL DRIVING...GROW UP EVERETTP9
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

faatmaan says...

this is still token policing, each of the offences mentioned should be regularly enforced, the speeding problems will eventually be dealt with by the black boxes to be fitted vehicles by 2020, digital tracking, the speeding fine will be in the post before you get home, the overseas drivers issue needs urgent measures to stop the inevitable march to anarchy on the roads. But why is it that in a 50mph zone, I am continually passed by large lorries and like, surely this is as dangerous as many other offences ?
this is still token policing, each of the offences mentioned should be regularly enforced, the speeding problems will eventually be dealt with by the black boxes to be fitted vehicles by 2020, digital tracking, the speeding fine will be in the post before you get home, the overseas drivers issue needs urgent measures to stop the inevitable march to anarchy on the roads. But why is it that in a 50mph zone, I am continually passed by large lorries and like, surely this is as dangerous as many other offences ? faatmaan
  • Score: -2

5:43pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

motley crue wrote:
They need to get round edmund street cars have started racing up and down edmund street at 50mph or more doing handbrake turns and all sorts its complete dangerous driving someone is gonna get injured or killed soon complete morons as usual its to do with rolleston street
Has been reported numerous times,,,,,we will get someone to drive by???
Put up cctv and get the reg plate and have a traffic unit stop the car when seen.....How tough would that be?

Lets face it there are a couple of houses there that have been getting away with far worse than driving offences for a long time.
Edmund, Rolleston up to Weston st all have anti social issues.
I used the term anti social issues as plod seem to have no interest in drugs.

Well done for stopping some dangerous driving but as someone else mentioned shouldnt they always do that?
[quote][p][bold]motley crue[/bold] wrote: They need to get round edmund street cars have started racing up and down edmund street at 50mph or more doing handbrake turns and all sorts its complete dangerous driving someone is gonna get injured or killed soon complete morons as usual its to do with rolleston street[/p][/quote]Has been reported numerous times,,,,,we will get someone to drive by??? Put up cctv and get the reg plate and have a traffic unit stop the car when seen.....How tough would that be? Lets face it there are a couple of houses there that have been getting away with far worse than driving offences for a long time. Edmund, Rolleston up to Weston st all have anti social issues. I used the term anti social issues as plod seem to have no interest in drugs. Well done for stopping some dangerous driving but as someone else mentioned shouldnt they always do that? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

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