Activity was carried out across both Saturday 22nd January and Sunday 23rd January with a number of notable actions taken against drivers flouting the law.
Officers used marked and unmarked vehicles, including a number of motorcycles.
Across the weekend a total of 49 tickets were issued to motorists for a number of road-related offences as follows:
- 29 tickets for speeding
- 2 tickets for illegal number plates
- 1 ticket for an incorrectly fitted breakaway cable
- 6 tickets issued to drivers who weren’t wearing seatbelts
- 1 ticket issued for driving without a licence
- 1 ticket issued for a vehicle which was not roadworthy
- 1 ticket issued for an untaxed vehicle
- 3 tickets issued to uninsured vehicles
- 1 ticket issued to a vehicle with an insecure load
- 1 ticket for a vehicle parked on zig zags at a pelican crossing
- 2 tickets for cars using altered exhausts
- 1 ticket issued to a motorcyclist with a tinted visor
In addition, the teams also assisted at the site of a collision involving a tractor, as previously reported by Island Echo.
A 22-year-old man was also arrested in St Georges Way, Newport on Sunday afternoon on suspicion of drug driving. He has been released but remains under investigation while enquiries continue.
Later that evening, officers came across a vehicle in a hedge on the entrance lane to Quarr Abbey. The driver was subsequently arrested and charged. Beverley Morris, aged 31, of Wilton Park Road in Shanklin, has been charged with drink driving and has been bailed to appear at Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on 11th February.
Following the weekend’s activity, District Commander for the Isle of Wight, Superintendent Jim Pegler, said:
“The policing of dangerous and poor standards of driving, committed by motorists on the Isle of Wight road network, is something that I will continue to focus on to improve safety for road users.
“I am pleased that we have been able to take action against people who have failed to meet the required standards of safety on our roads.
“If you are driving a vehicle on the Isle of Wight, my strong advice is that you pay attention to the condition of your vehicle, have the required documentation and drive carefully with consideration for other road users.
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“Choosing not to do so can have serious consequences and puts lives in danger, including your own. It is not worth the risk.”
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