County news: More than 70 drivers caught in police crackdown

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Unmarked police patrols stopped more than 70 drivers in West Sussex’s main roads in a day.

The West and Central road policing units were deployed in roads including the A23, A24, A27 and M23 at 5.30am on Friday (May 22).

A spokesman for Sussex Police said the officers targeted the ‘fatal four’ traffic offences - speeding, seatbelts, drink/drug driving and using a mobile phone at the wheel.

The operation saw officers issue more than 70 traffic offence reports, five people referred to be dealt with at court and three vehicles seized - two for no insurance and one for a provisional licence holder driving outside their entitlement.

Officers also identified a stolen vehicle which was pursued into Hampshire, where Hampshire Police took over the incident.

Inspector Stewart Goodwin, of the West Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: “ We hope to show by this type of operation that everyone taking to the roads has a responsibility to see that their vehicles are properly taxed, tested and insured and that they themselves are driving sensibly, safely and within the law.

“The operation involved a number of unmarked police vehicles specifically targeting the ‘fatal four’ - speed, seatbelts, drink/drug driving and using mobile phones while at the wheel. The Sussex and Surrey road policing department is committed to reducing crashes on the roads in both counties.”

A spokesman added: “As a result of direct driver interventions, several referrals have been made to the COSTS (Company Operators’ Safer Transport Scheme) in which drivers of company vehicles are offered advice and education through the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.”

Helpful advice can be sought from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership via its website, www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk or by calling 01273 404079.

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