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Motorists caught for string of offences at roadside checks

PUBLISHED: 14:38 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:47 20 November 2018

Police and HM customs carried out vehicle checks in Diss. Picture: Norfolk Police

Police and HM customs carried out vehicle checks in Diss. Picture: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police

A range of motoring offences was uncovered when police and customs agencies stopped drivers as part of a roadside check operation in South Norfolk.

Police and HM customs carried out vehicle checks in Diss. Picture: Norfolk PolicePolice and HM customs carried out vehicle checks in Diss. Picture: Norfolk Police

The multi-agency traffic operation that took place in Diss on November 16 saw motorists reported for offences ranging from no insurance to vehicles in dangerous condition, poor lighting, trailer and load offences and dangerous modifications to vehicles that had not been declared to insurance companies.

In total 46 vehicles were stopped and 35 traffic offence reports were completed. Two vehicles had no insurance, 10 were stopped for motorists using mobile phone whilst driving, six for no seatbelts, five for excessive window tint and three had defective exhausts.

The vehicle checks involved Norfolk & Suffolk’s Road Policing Team and the HM Customs Road Fuel Testing Unit. One positive test was made for red diesel which is still under investigation.

Police and HM customs carried out vehicle checks in Diss. Picture: Norfolk PolicePolice and HM customs carried out vehicle checks in Diss. Picture: Norfolk Police

Sergeant Andrew Waupotitsch, who organised the operation, said: “There were a number of offences that were detected around vehicle defects what was concerning was that we prosecuted a number of drivers for using there mobiles phones whilst driving or for not wearing their seatbelt.”

PC Jim Squires, community engagement officer, added: “The day was not all about enforcement. With the winter months approaching it also gave officers a chance to offer advice about driving in poor conditions and the importance of checking your lights, tyres and screen wash.”

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