Lorry and van drivers reported for offences on A14 and A11 in Suffolk during police operation targeting commercial vehicles
Dozens of traffic offences were committed by lorry and van drivers on Suffolk's roads last week, police have revealed after an operation targeting commercial vehicles.
During the crackdown on the A14 and A11, between Monday, March 15 and Sunday, March 21, officers stopped 56 vehicles.
More than 60 offences were reported, with failing to wear seatbelts the most common, followed by driving without required breaks and carriage of dangerous goods offences.
Officers carried out extra patrols in both marked and unmarked vehicles during the week, and they concentrated on offences committed by commercial vehicle drivers.
Temporary Chf Insp Jon Chapman, from the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: "This was a very successful week of enforcement activity with a number of commercial vehicle drivers being dealt with for various offences including vehicle defects, insecure loads, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving."
He said it was 'extremely disappointing' that a number of drivers were dealt with for the 'fatal four offences' - speeding, driving without a seatbelt, driving whilst using a mobile phone and drink or drug driving.
"As we continue to reiterate, these offences increase the chance of being involved in a serious or even fatal collision," Chf Insp Chapman added.
"These campaigns give us the opportunity to target drivers who are putting not only their own safety at risk, but also the safety of other road users at risk and we will continue to take enforcement action against anyone who is flouting the law."
A total of 30 HGVs and 26 smaller goods vehicles were stopped, and 63 offences were detected, which included:
- Failing to wear seatbelts - 17
- Driving without required breaks - 12
- Carriage of dangerous good offences - 11
- Overweight loads - 7
- Construction and use offences - 5
- Drivers not in proper control - 2
- Using a mobile phone - 2
- Insecure loads - 2
- Trailer offences - 2
- Vehicle defects - 1
- Careless driving - 1
- Immigration transportation offence - 1
Traffic Offence Reports, which could result in fines and/or points on drivers' licences, were issued as part of the campaign. Those with existing points risk losing their licence completely.
Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, said he was 'delighted' that the new commercial vehicle unit was involved in the campaign.
"This targeted roads policing unit was funded by the policing precept increase to last year’s council tax and it has had tremendous success to date," Mr Passmore added.
"Keeping our roads safe and the traffic moving is so important, particularly on the A14.
"The A14 is a vital national gateway to the Port of Felixstowe – the largest container port in the country and we have a huge amount of commercial traffic which needs to be monitored for dangerous vehicles and driver offences.
"Events such as this day of action show just how important this enforcement is."