Police continue crackdown against Trowbridge anti-social drivers

This Is Wiltshire: Police patrol the Bradley Road retail park before Christmas Police patrol the Bradley Road retail park before Christmas

Anti-social drivers in Trowbridge were targeted by Wiltshire Police on Monday evening.


Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and the Neighbourhood Policing Team have been keeping up the pressure on drivers who cause a nuisance in parts of the town.

Since launching Operation Endeavour in December,  the Roads Policing Unit and Neighbour Policing Team have been targeting known nuisance areas in the town including Bradley Road, Wiltshire Drive and the Spitfire retail park.

Sergeant Gavin Brewster, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “We stopped a number of people for driving whilst using their mobile phones, speeding on Bradley Road and adjoining roads, driving without insurance or ignoring the no right turn out of the retail park.


“We also carried out checks on vehicles to ensure they were safe and roadworthy.”

The police carried out a similar operation in December in an attempt to reduce speeding, engine revving and load music playing from vehicles, particularly in the retail park.

PC Helen Daveridge, Community Beat Manager, said: “We are pleased that our initiative, coupled with the co-operation of the retail park, has led to a significant drop in reported incidents.

“Since talks with the council and the landlord of the retail park, the barriers are being closed on time which has no doubt helped to reduce anti-social driving.”

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3:52am Wed 30 Jan 13

yeold6x says...

Well done to the Police for tackling this issue that many people see as avoiding 'real crime'. Can i sugest that they then turn their attention to the idiots that hog the middle lane of the motorways or outside lanes of dual carriageways at 40 - 50mph regardless of other road users, that really is anti-social!
Well done to the Police for tackling this issue that many people see as avoiding 'real crime'. Can i sugest that they then turn their attention to the idiots that hog the middle lane of the motorways or outside lanes of dual carriageways at 40 - 50mph regardless of other road users, that really is anti-social! yeold6x
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10:33am Wed 30 Jan 13

Dummer_Frauenfahrer says...

The police need to start issuing the drivers of these cars with notices under Section 59 PRA 2002 ('vehicle ASBO'), that will allow the vehicle to be seized if the driver re-offends. Those with no insurance can have the vehicle seized immediately under S165 RTA 1988.
The police need to start issuing the drivers of these cars with notices under Section 59 PRA 2002 ('vehicle ASBO'), that will allow the vehicle to be seized if the driver re-offends. Those with no insurance can have the vehicle seized immediately under S165 RTA 1988. Dummer_Frauenfahrer
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1:50pm Wed 30 Jan 13

moocherx says...

Dummer_Frauenfahrer wrote:
The police need to start issuing the drivers of these cars with notices under Section 59 PRA 2002 ('vehicle ASBO'), that will allow the vehicle to be seized if the driver re-offends. Those with no insurance can have the vehicle seized immediately under S165 RTA 1988.
Enforcing laws? Don't be daft.

Oh, unless your bin lid doesn't close.
[quote][p][bold]Dummer_Frauenfahrer[/bold] wrote: The police need to start issuing the drivers of these cars with notices under Section 59 PRA 2002 ('vehicle ASBO'), that will allow the vehicle to be seized if the driver re-offends. Those with no insurance can have the vehicle seized immediately under S165 RTA 1988.[/p][/quote]Enforcing laws? Don't be daft. Oh, unless your bin lid doesn't close. moocherx
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8:44pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

yeold6x wrote:
Well done to the Police for tackling this issue that many people see as avoiding 'real crime'. Can i sugest that they then turn their attention to the idiots that hog the middle lane of the motorways or outside lanes of dual carriageways at 40 - 50mph regardless of other road users, that really is anti-social!
Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving.
[quote][p][bold]yeold6x[/bold] wrote: Well done to the Police for tackling this issue that many people see as avoiding 'real crime'. Can i sugest that they then turn their attention to the idiots that hog the middle lane of the motorways or outside lanes of dual carriageways at 40 - 50mph regardless of other road users, that really is anti-social![/p][/quote]Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving. Mrs Donnyfly
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9:08pm Wed 30 Jan 13

OhThisIsFun says...

yeold6x wrote:
Well done to the Police for tackling this issue that many people see as avoiding 'real crime'. Can i sugest that they then turn their attention to the idiots that hog the middle lane of the motorways or outside lanes of dual carriageways at 40 - 50mph regardless of other road users, that really is anti-social!
Took teh words right out of my mouth..

Maybe they could use the money to repair some of the roads also...
[quote][p][bold]yeold6x[/bold] wrote: Well done to the Police for tackling this issue that many people see as avoiding 'real crime'. Can i sugest that they then turn their attention to the idiots that hog the middle lane of the motorways or outside lanes of dual carriageways at 40 - 50mph regardless of other road users, that really is anti-social![/p][/quote]Took teh words right out of my mouth.. Maybe they could use the money to repair some of the roads also... OhThisIsFun
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11:08pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

OhThisIsFun said: Maybe they could use the money to repair some of the roads also...

"the money"! What money?
OhThisIsFun said: Maybe they could use the money to repair some of the roads also... "the money"! What money? Mrs Donnyfly
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3:56pm Thu 31 Jan 13

beetawix says...

Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with
"Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving".

It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in.
so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be
Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with "Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving". It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in. so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be beetawix
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4:37pm Thu 31 Jan 13

*Astronaut* says...

beetawix wrote:
Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with "Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving". It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in. so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be
Had to register just to comment on beetawix. You admit to being a middle lane hog, and try to justify it?!? Read the highway code! Specifically code 264: You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past... etc etc. Please take note!

With regards anti-social drivers, are the police unable to impound cars which produce excessive exhaust noise - european directive or something? Ridiculous number of 'sports exhausts' on decidedly unsporty cars in Trow.
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with "Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving". It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in. so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be[/p][/quote]Had to register just to comment on beetawix. You admit to being a middle lane hog, and try to justify it?!? Read the highway code! Specifically code 264: You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past... etc etc. Please take note! With regards anti-social drivers, are the police unable to impound cars which produce excessive exhaust noise - european directive or something? Ridiculous number of 'sports exhausts' on decidedly unsporty cars in Trow. *Astronaut*
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6:44pm Thu 31 Jan 13

goateatingtroll says...

*Astronaut* wrote:
beetawix wrote:
Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with "Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving". It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in. so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be
Had to register just to comment on beetawix. You admit to being a middle lane hog, and try to justify it?!? Read the highway code! Specifically code 264: You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past... etc etc. Please take note!

With regards anti-social drivers, are the police unable to impound cars which produce excessive exhaust noise - european directive or something? Ridiculous number of 'sports exhausts' on decidedly unsporty cars in Trow.
Well done for registering just to comment. Here is your 'registering just to comment' badge
[quote][p][bold]*Astronaut*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with "Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving". It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in. so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be[/p][/quote]Had to register just to comment on beetawix. You admit to being a middle lane hog, and try to justify it?!? Read the highway code! Specifically code 264: You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past... etc etc. Please take note! With regards anti-social drivers, are the police unable to impound cars which produce excessive exhaust noise - european directive or something? Ridiculous number of 'sports exhausts' on decidedly unsporty cars in Trow.[/p][/quote]Well done for registering just to comment. Here is your 'registering just to comment' badge goateatingtroll
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7:02pm Thu 31 Jan 13

beetawix says...

Astronut, i didnt admit to anything.. I will now admit to having driven in the middle lane quite a bit along with thousands of others, though not to being a hog, nor when the road àhead is clear.
Sorry, we are at cross purposes as I understood the topic to be the continuous stream in middle lane

I am fully aware of the code thanks - it doesnt help much in certain conditions. The vast majority of motorway users exceed the speed limit and this appears to be tolerated with only extreme speeds being charged.

Am with you on the chaps who equate unnecessary noise with good car maintenance.
Astronut, i didnt admit to anything.. I will now admit to having driven in the middle lane quite a bit along with thousands of others, though not to being a hog, nor when the road àhead is clear. Sorry, we are at cross purposes as I understood the topic to be the continuous stream in middle lane I am fully aware of the code thanks - it doesnt help much in certain conditions. The vast majority of motorway users exceed the speed limit and this appears to be tolerated with only extreme speeds being charged. Am with you on the chaps who equate unnecessary noise with good car maintenance. beetawix
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7:25pm Thu 31 Jan 13

beetawix says...

Astronaul registered just to comment

Are there benefits other than commenting available?
Astronaul registered just to comment Are there benefits other than commenting available? beetawix
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7:30pm Thu 31 Jan 13

beetawix says...

Actually there is something other than commenting. Unnecessarily lengthy quotes of previous comments lazily produced by quote-hogs.
Actually there is something other than commenting. Unnecessarily lengthy quotes of previous comments lazily produced by quote-hogs. beetawix
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7:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

beetawix says...

A sergeant said “We stopped a number of people for driving whilst using their mobile phones, speeding on Bradley Road and adjoining roads, driving without insurance or ignoring the no right turn out of the retail park.


Is the law doing anything about their litter. Whilst they are probably not t he only litterers, there is always a huge amount of rubbish right where the retail park gatherings were parked.
A sergeant said “We stopped a number of people for driving whilst using their mobile phones, speeding on Bradley Road and adjoining roads, driving without insurance or ignoring the no right turn out of the retail park. Is the law doing anything about their litter. Whilst they are probably not t he only litterers, there is always a huge amount of rubbish right where the retail park gatherings were parked. beetawix
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11:10pm Thu 31 Jan 13

OhThisIsFun says...

*Astronaut* wrote:
beetawix wrote:
Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with "Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving". It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in. so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be
Had to register just to comment on beetawix. You admit to being a middle lane hog, and try to justify it?!? Read the highway code! Specifically code 264: You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past... etc etc. Please take note!

With regards anti-social drivers, are the police unable to impound cars which produce excessive exhaust noise - european directive or something? Ridiculous number of 'sports exhausts' on decidedly unsporty cars in Trow.
He's right ya know. Also you might want to get checked for dyslexia.
[quote][p][bold]*Astronaut*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: Donnyfly followed up a yeold6x comment with "Hogging middle lanes of motorways is not antisocial behaviour; it is not contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general. It is simply bad driving". It depends on the circumstances. on a busy motorway if you are not a slow mover or a speeder it is common sense to stay in the middle lane if you need to make any reasonable progress. if you apply the rule of moving into the left lane it wont be many seconds before you need to get out again and that is not always easy. In fact if you did it all the time it would do your nut in. so it is not bad driving though in some cases it might be, nor are those that do it idiots, although some may be[/p][/quote]Had to register just to comment on beetawix. You admit to being a middle lane hog, and try to justify it?!? Read the highway code! Specifically code 264: You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past... etc etc. Please take note! With regards anti-social drivers, are the police unable to impound cars which produce excessive exhaust noise - european directive or something? Ridiculous number of 'sports exhausts' on decidedly unsporty cars in Trow.[/p][/quote]He's right ya know. Also you might want to get checked for dyslexia. OhThisIsFun
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1:02am Fri 1 Feb 13

yeold6x says...

With regards to the middle lane comment I made earlier I appreciate that it is not always necessary to move over to the left, I was trying to identify the people that join the motorway and then proceed to the middle lane until they exit. These people then sit there even if there is a large gap into which they could safely move. Perhaps it is time to make motorway driving an additional and manditory driving test for all new drivers.. As an Approved Drivng Instructor (ADI) I know that a lot of my collegues agree.
With regards to the middle lane comment I made earlier I appreciate that it is not always necessary to move over to the left, I was trying to identify the people that join the motorway and then proceed to the middle lane until they exit. These people then sit there even if there is a large gap into which they could safely move. Perhaps it is time to make motorway driving an additional and manditory driving test for all new drivers.. As an Approved Drivng Instructor (ADI) I know that a lot of my collegues agree. yeold6x
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3:55pm Fri 1 Feb 13

moocherx says...

I use the middle lane a lot more often these days, as the inside lane's very uneven from HGV's and doesn't make for a comfortable drive.
I use the middle lane a lot more often these days, as the inside lane's very uneven from HGV's and doesn't make for a comfortable drive. moocherx
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2:02pm Sun 3 Feb 13

jigsaw 5 says...

I didn't realise Trowbridge had a motorway.
I didn't realise Trowbridge had a motorway. jigsaw 5
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