Police spot-check drivers in Goonhavern and Blackwater
Police officers randomly checked over 130 vehicles in a bid to promote motoring and road safety in Goonhavern and Blackwater last week.
The Perranporth neighbourhood police team and the automatic number plate recognition team (ANPR) took part in a joint operation with the vehicle and operator services agency (VOSA) and UK customs officers in Goonhavern and Blackwater last Friday.
Officers stopped over 130 drivers at random to check MOT and insurance details and perform a brief safety review of the vehicles.
During the day one motorist was fined for testing positive for the banned red diesel fuel and 14 drivers were issued with penalty notices for various traffic offences.
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Eight vehicles were given prohibition notices, banning their use until the relevant defects are fixed, and one motorist was found to be in possession of a Class B drug.
In addition, a large number of drivers were given advice about vehicle maintenance.
PC Chris Hitchen, who headed last Friday's operation, said: "This multi-agency operation highlights the importance of maintaining vehicles to ensure that they are in a safe and roadworthy condition.
"Many drivers were unaware that they were driving with defects and we would like to remind all motorists that it is your responsibility to ensure vehicles are properly maintained, failure to do so could result in prosecution."
The operation was a success and will be repeated again in the near future.