Police stop 20 cars on resort street
POLICE stopped more than 20 cars on a Newquay street in the days before Christmas as part of a crackdown on potentially dangerous defects, such as broken lights.
Officers also took the opportunity to carry out roadside breath tests to identify any drink-drivers on Mount Wise – and were "pleased" to see every motorist pass.
Instead of prosecuting drivers of cars with minor defects, they stuck to the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme, which gives people the chance to have faults repaired.
The initiative was staffed almost entirely by volunteers from the Special Constabulary and PC Tony Hannaford, who organised the event.
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PC Hannaford said: "Working in partnership with the Special Constabulary, we took this opportunity to positively identify offences with the intention of educating drivers about the potential dangers of driving with defects to their vehicles.
"In addition to this we subjected a large number of drivers to roadside breath tests. It was encouraging to see that every driver we tested provided a negative sample.
"We also received very favourable feedback from the majority of drivers stopped who were pleased to see the police targeting defective vehicles and drink-drivers. It is the intention to continue conducting these initiatives regularly throughout the year. We would therefore urge drivers to take the opportunity to check that their vehicles are free from defects and to emphasise once again the dangers of drink-driving."
Newquay inspector Dave Meredith said: "This was a great initiative organised by PC Tony Hannaford. I am delighted to see volunteers from the Special Constabulary supporting regular officers on the streets of Newquay. The operation went a long way to supporting the police's Christmas drink-drive campaign."