Police carry out road safety operation in Denbigh

A road safety operation held in a Denbighshire town over the weekend uncovered a number of vehicle defects.

Photograph of a defective tyre

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and Special Constabulary stopped and spoke to several motorists in Denbigh on Saturday 5th January as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of casualties in the area.

The operation, which ran from 8pm onwards, saw officers carry out vehicle and driver checks in and around the Denbigh area whereby several TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) were given for defective lights, exhausts and tyres. Motorists were also given tickets for having illegal number plates and several breath tests and roadside drug tests were administered.

Photograph of a defective modified exhaust

PC John Hewitt of the Roads Policing Department said: “We hope that the weekend’s operation will send a message to other motorists in the area and beyond. It was disappointing to find so many issues in the vehicles we checked but this is why we carry out operations like this, to identify issues, make sure they are resolved, and remind drivers of their responsibilities.

“It is important that motorists are made aware of the potential consequences of having defective vehicles. All vehicles should be roadworthy and comply with the law. This is not just for the drivers’ safety but also for that of other road users.

Photograph showing an illegal number plate

“Tragically the area has seen recent fatal and serious collisions and our heartfelt sympathies go out to all families and friends of those involved. These collisions have a huge effect on the wider community and that is why we are so passionate about road safety. Initiatives such as this are all part of our ongoing commitment to keeping the roads safe for all and we will continue to take action against those who commit offences on our roads.”

“The officers involved in Saturday’s operation received positive feedback from local residents who were very supportive of our actions. Further checks will be carried out in the near future.”

Officers are urging all drivers to ensure their vehicles are in good working order and to carry out the necessary checks on tyres and lights before commencing on their journey.

North Wales Police has a robust strategy around enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences which are speeding, drink and drug driving, dangerous driving including unnecessary risk taking, failing to wear a seat belt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

If you have concerns or information regarding individuals who are believed to be committing a ‘Fatal 5’ offence whilst driving, please contact officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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