Swindon motorists stopped in breath test blitz

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ALMOST 300 drivers were stopped in Swindon on Thursday as part of a county wide crackdown on drink driving.

Across Wiltshire, more than 1,200 drivers were stopped during the day of action which was undertaken by the Roads Policing Unit at Wiltshire Police under Operation Harness.

The operation is a long-term collaborative project aimed at targeting crimes which affect communities the most.

In Swindon, one person was arrested for being unfit to drive due to drugs, two impairment tests and two stop searches were carried out and one fixed penalty notice was given for not wearing a seatbelt.

One report for summons due to traffic ofeences was made and one arrest took place following a vehicle pursuit.

In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive.

Inspector Steve Cox, the head of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Operation Harness tackles issues that matter most to our communities.

“Yesterday, the focus was on keeping our roads safe.

“In the morning session, we were concentrating on people who might have been out celebrating the night before and who should not be attempting to drive in the morning because of the level of alcohol in their system.

“It is reassuring that none of the drivers stopped had a breath test reading which would have resulted in an arrest – but this works as a very effective preventative measure.

“We want people to enjoy themselves at Christmas, but we want them to stay safe, and that means using public transport or having a nominated driver to get people home safely.

“It is also important during this party season that nominated drivers do not allow themselves to be brow-beaten into drinking. They must resist any temptation to have a drink and remember that they are there for the safety of their friends.

“Sadly, we heard the terrible details at an inquest this week about the deaths of two teenage girls on the A419 in the summer.

“Unfortunately, alcohol was involved in that accident which also left three others with serious injuries.”

Police and Crime Comissioner Angus Macpherson said: “I have provided funding to re-invigorate Community Speed Watch and to make the process more robust and effective.

“It was good that the Constabulary had assigned officers to work alongside the Community Speed Watch teams across Swindon and Wiltshire yesterday.

“The activity on Thursday will reassure the public that road safety is taken very seriously, and it is also a timely reminder that people can fail a breath test the morning after the night before.

“It is worth saying that police activity to keep our roads safe goes on all round the year.

“But yesterday all their good work was given a higher profile."

To report someone for a drink driving offence telephone Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

For more information on Operation Harness, log on to the website www.wiltshire.police.uk and follow the link to the Op Harness section.

You can also follow OpHarness on Twitter.

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9:46am Sat 14 Dec 13

anotherimigrant says...

In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive.

Inspector Steve Cox, the head of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Operation Harness tackles issues that matter most to our communities.

No it doesn't Steve. What matters is reducing the crime numbers.

You've just demonstrated an area which DOESNT require a lot of policing as most (nearly all) motorists are self policing.

What does need looking at are these areas which mean you've got to get out of your very expensive police cars and do some policing.

@wiltshirepolice crime up, burglaries up, thefts up, muggins up.
These are the things you should be dealing with.

Chief Constable ‏@wiltspoliceCC 22h
Meeting local editors next to talk about the outstanding work of wilts police despite cutting £10 million. Crime down 7% satisfaction up.

Really Pat, you really do live in a different world than the rest of us. What did Santa tell you about lying.

When I told Pat the crime figures were up, he denied it, well he would. But then all references to that tweet have disappeared, because I told him his figures were wrong and in fact a lie.

PhilippaBudgen 11 Dec
Manipulation of crime figures by police to keep stats down. @vicderbyshire 5 live. Anyone surprised?

@blackgull of course crime figures are down, who can be bothered to report it

Serving & former police officers tell MPs crime statistics are being manipulated down by forces to make figures look better.

Well done Wiltshire police farce not only are crime figures down, according to yourselves,so is catching known thieves, stopping burglaries, stopping drugs and guns.

Your only interested in high profile cases all the rest are statistics you rub out with your government pencils, that's why all government pencils have rubbers on them.
In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive. Inspector Steve Cox, the head of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Operation Harness tackles issues that matter most to our communities. No it doesn't Steve. What matters is reducing the crime numbers. You've just demonstrated an area which DOESNT require a lot of policing as most (nearly all) motorists are self policing. What does need looking at are these areas which mean you've got to get out of your very expensive police cars and do some policing. @wiltshirepolice crime up, burglaries up, thefts up, muggins up. These are the things you should be dealing with. Chief Constable ‏@wiltspoliceCC 22h Meeting local editors next to talk about the outstanding work of wilts police despite cutting £10 million. Crime down 7% satisfaction up. Really Pat, you really do live in a different world than the rest of us. What did Santa tell you about lying. When I told Pat the crime figures were up, he denied it, well he would. But then all references to that tweet have disappeared, because I told him his figures were wrong and in fact a lie. PhilippaBudgen 11 Dec Manipulation of crime figures by police to keep stats down. @vicderbyshire 5 live. Anyone surprised? @blackgull of course crime figures are down, who can be bothered to report it Serving & former police officers tell MPs crime statistics are being manipulated down by forces to make figures look better. Well done Wiltshire police farce not only are crime figures down, according to yourselves,so is catching known thieves, stopping burglaries, stopping drugs and guns. Your only interested in high profile cases all the rest are statistics you rub out with your government pencils, that's why all government pencils have rubbers on them. anotherimigrant

9:58am Sat 14 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

Adver,
We all know that lots of motorists were stopped on Thursday.
This must be the 4th time you've informed us
Adver, We all know that lots of motorists were stopped on Thursday. This must be the 4th time you've informed us Empty Car Park

12:00pm Sat 14 Dec 13

oddbob says...

I'd rather a year round crackdown. Sit by the pubs and car parks late at night and encourage people to not get in their car in the first place. Offer voluntary tests before they drive. Plus bringing up the recent inquest in to the A419 crash is poor taste just to get your point across. Yes, perhaps the best choices weren't made that day but don't insult the family and friends.
I'd rather a year round crackdown. Sit by the pubs and car parks late at night and encourage people to not get in their car in the first place. Offer voluntary tests before they drive. Plus bringing up the recent inquest in to the A419 crash is poor taste just to get your point across. Yes, perhaps the best choices weren't made that day but don't insult the family and friends. oddbob

1:49pm Sat 14 Dec 13

anotherimigrant says...

@SteveCox.

Steve this is what REALLY matters not you and Pat going out and persecuting motorists to enhance your holiday fund.

A FAMILY is heartbroken after the home of a girl who has a rare form of cerebral palsy was burgled.

People cant leave their homes.

Wilshire Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault and robbery which occurred in the early hours of this morning.

And if they do they mugged.

That's what matters Steve Cox
@SteveCox. Steve this is what REALLY matters not you and Pat going out and persecuting motorists to enhance your holiday fund. A FAMILY is heartbroken after the home of a girl who has a rare form of cerebral palsy was burgled. People cant leave their homes. Wilshire Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault and robbery which occurred in the early hours of this morning. And if they do they mugged. That's what matters Steve Cox anotherimigrant

9:35pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Concerned of Wiltshire says...

"In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive."

Wiltshire police - you've milked this cash-cow dry. How about catching some muggers, pedos and nonces now please?
"In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive." Wiltshire police - you've milked this cash-cow dry. How about catching some muggers, pedos and nonces now please? Concerned of Wiltshire

10:15pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Concerned of Wiltshire says...

Meanwhile:

http://www.swindonad
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Meanwhile: http://www.swindonad vertiser.co.uk/news/ 10877640.Disabled_te enager___s_holiday_c ash_stolen/ Concerned of Wiltshire

9:28am Sun 15 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Concerned of Wiltshire wrote:
"In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive."

Wiltshire police - you've milked this cash-cow dry. How about catching some muggers, pedos and nonces now please?
Or just do this on a smaller scale on a regular basis, this smacks of a media event rather than a prevention of or solving crime!
[quote][p][bold]Concerned of Wiltshire[/bold] wrote: "In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive." Wiltshire police - you've milked this cash-cow dry. How about catching some muggers, pedos and nonces now please?[/p][/quote]Or just do this on a smaller scale on a regular basis, this smacks of a media event rather than a prevention of or solving crime! house on the hill

9:58am Sun 15 Dec 13

anotherimigrant says...

house on the hill wrote:
Concerned of Wiltshire wrote:
"In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive.Our illustrious leader of police would/couldn't miss an opportunity to blow up his own trumpet.

Just that you have to look in the right places to find out how narcissistic he is.

it's here.

Chief Constable ‏@wiltspoliceCC 22h
Meeting local editors next to talk about the outstanding work of wilts police despite cutting £10 million. Crime down 7% satisfaction up.

I expect Pat will be writing to the editor of the EA now, complaining that we can comment on police stories, and they are stories.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Concerned of Wiltshire[/bold] wrote: "In the county as a whole, 1,231 drivers were stopped and 1,143 were breathalised. None of these results were positive.Our illustrious leader of police would/couldn't miss an opportunity to blow up his own trumpet. Just that you have to look in the right places to find out how narcissistic he is. it's here. Chief Constable ‏@wiltspoliceCC 22h Meeting local editors next to talk about the outstanding work of wilts police despite cutting £10 million. Crime down 7% satisfaction up. I expect Pat will be writing to the editor of the EA now, complaining that we can comment on police stories, and they are stories. anotherimigrant

4:48pm Sun 15 Dec 13

GalaxyMan says...

I thought they needed a reason to stop you? By that I mean a reasonable suspicion that there was something wrong either with a vehicle or with the driver. This just looks like random pulling people over to me.
I thought they needed a reason to stop you? By that I mean a reasonable suspicion that there was something wrong either with a vehicle or with the driver. This just looks like random pulling people over to me. GalaxyMan

8:58pm Sun 15 Dec 13

faatmaan says...

whats wrong with zero tolerance to all crime, too many offenders let off, when people realise they will be done, the rates of crime will fall
whats wrong with zero tolerance to all crime, too many offenders let off, when people realise they will be done, the rates of crime will fall faatmaan

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