More than 120 motorists pulled over by police after crackdown to make roads safer

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Police found drugs in a car that was pulled over during an operation, while other vehicles were seized.

Officers from Northamptonshire Police, together with colleagues from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue took part in a high profile operation to target criminals who use the county’s road network, as well as carry out speed checks and educate people about the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.

The operation focused on issues and locations highlighted by the local community safety partnership’s Road Joint Action Group.

More than 120 drivers were stopped and spoken to by officers, with penalty notices issued for some offences. Three vehicles were seized after they were identified as being involved in crime or having no insurance and a quantity of drugs was recovered from one vehicle. A number of known local criminals were also stopped and questioned throughout the operation.

Thirty motorists were stopped for speeding in Eastern Way, Ashby Road, Thames Road and Christchurch Drive - locations where speeding has been identified as a local priority. The drivers were given words of advice and shown images of the consequences of motorists who speed and crash their cars.

Another 70 drivers were stopped in New Street and Eastern Way and pulled into a checkpoint in Lodge Road. The majority of these were stopped for wearing no seatbelts and a number included children who were not strapped in.

A further 25 motorists were advised that, ordinarily, Lodge Road is a pedestrianised zone, in response to complaints from local councillors.

Sergeant Sam Dobbs said: “The operation involved officers from across the force, including special constables, as well as colleagues from fire and rescue and Leicestershire Police, who supported the operation by patrolling in a vehicle equipped with ANPR technology (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), helping to target vehicles driven by known criminals.

“The operation was a great example of co-operation and collaboration, tackling issues of concern identified by the Daventry community, and it was the first time we have worked on such an operation with the fire service and with Leicestershire officers.

“Social media has been very active and we received loads of positive support from the public. While we stopped more than 100 motorists, the majority have escaped formal police action and we hope they will learn from the informal advice given to them, so we can continue to keep Daventry’s roads and community safe.’

Sergeant Sally Trattle added: “Daventry’s day-to-day policing has been boosted on a busy summer day by officers from across the force and colleagues from partner agencies.

“This was something of a trial but, with the encouraging feedback from our staff and the public, it is something we will look to repeat here and in other towns across the county, and I’m grateful for the enthusiasm and flexibility shown by the police and fire officers who have worked so well together today.”