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Drug driving arrests after police crackdown on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds



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Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug driving and 45 vehicles were inspected during a police crackdown near Bury St Edmunds.

Operation Truck and Bus targeted light goods vehicles (LGVs) and passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs) on the A14 and surrounding roads on Tuesday.

Vehicles were escorted to a check site at Rougham Hill lorry park to be inspected by a number of agencies.

Of the 45 vehicles checked, just 10 left clear of any offences.

Two people were arrested. Stock picture (4872902)
Two people were arrested. Stock picture (4872902)

Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug driving - one provided a positive drug wipe for cocaine and the other for cannabis.

Thirty three road traffic offence reports were issued and there were two graduated fixed penalty notices and fines totalling £600 for failing to take sufficient daily rest and driving breaks.

A fixed penalty was given for not having a valid Certificate of Professional Competence and there were 24 advisory notices for minor defects, five delayed prohibitions for mechanical defects and four immediate prohibitions.

For those who choose not to comply with the law and keep vehicles properly maintained, you are likely to be caught and punished severely - Tim Passmore

Sergeant Julian Ditcham, from the joint roads and armed policing team, said: "It was very disappointing that 35 of the 45 vehicles brought back to the check site recorded offences, and that two people were arrested for drug-driving, and I think this displays the value of these types of operations as far too many people are prepared to take unnecessary risks on our roads."

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner, added: "There is a very serious message for those who choose not to comply with the law and keep vehicles properly maintained and that is you are likely to be caught and punished severely."