Police stop over 100 vehicles in joint M1 operation

Officers from the South Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group joined forces with West Yorkshire Police and the Highways Agency for a week of action targeting unsafe driving on the M1 (13-17 May).

A total of 127 vehicles were stopped throughout the week between J30-42, with drivers being reported for a range of offences, from driving without due care and attention, to driving with no insurance or using a mobile phone.

As part of the week of action, officers used the Highways Agency’s HGV supercab, which allows them a different view of drivers.

RPG Sergeant Matt Duffy explained why it is an important tool: “This supercab allows us to have a better view of drivers and behaviour that is putting lives at risk. We are committed to improving road safety and making the motorway network safer for everyone.

“This has been a really successful operation and we’ve identified drivers committing some very serious and dangerous offences. The majority of people drive responsibly and safely and are unaware of what some motorists are doing. We’re not and we will take action where we can.

“What struck us during the week of action was the attitude of certain individuals, one HGV driver we stopped for using his mobile phone, told us ‘roads are dangerous, it’s a waste of time you trying to reduce deaths, you’ll never change it’. The mind boggles that people still think like this.”

Sergeant Steve Suggitt, of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “During this week of action, by working in partnership, we have dealt with a number of offences, the majority of which are linked to the fatal four – speed, using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and drink/drug driving.

“We want the public to be reassured that we will continue to work with our partners to bring offenders to justice and we will utilise whatever tactics necessary to catch them.”



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