Police target Wiltshire drink-drivers

Wiltshire Times: Police officers were out in force for Operation Harness Police officers were out in force for Operation Harness

More than 1,200 drivers were stopped as part of a countywide crackdown on drink-driving in the run-up to Christmas.

In Trowbridge, police were stationed on the A361 in Paxcroft Mead and on the Trinity Church roundabout from 6.30pm to midnight last Thursday.

They stopped 335 drivers and carried out 334 breath tests, resulting in two fixed penalty notices for driving offences.

They also issued 18 verbal warning to drivers in Trowbridge whose cars had lighting defects, despite this month’s dark mornings and early evenings.

The day of action was part of Operation Harness, a long-term project aimed at targeting crimes which affect local communities the most.

As well as in Trowbridge, police officers were stationed at stop points in Salisbury, Chippenham and Swindon and across the county 1,143 drivers were breathalysed.

All of the breath tests were negative, but two people were arrested, one for driving whilst unfit through drugs and one for driving a stolen vehicle.

Earlier in the morning officers also assisted community speed watch volunteers at 16 sites across the country, including Sandy Lane near Calne.

Inspector Steve Cox, head of the Roads Policing Unit, said it was reassuring that none of the drivers stopped had a positive breath test reading.

He said: “We want people to enjoy themselves at Christmas, but we want them to stay safe, and that means using public transport or having a nominated driver to get people home safely.

“Sadly, we heard the terrible details at an inquest this week about the deaths of two teenage girls on the A419 in the summer. Unfortunately alcohol was involved in that accident which also left three others with serious injuries.”

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12:23am Sat 21 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

1200 drivers stopped - two given penalty notices, not for drink driving mind you. A colossal waste of time really if you think about it- except for the few quid in revenue raised from the fines, which is what it was all about really.
1200 drivers stopped - two given penalty notices, not for drink driving mind you. A colossal waste of time really if you think about it- except for the few quid in revenue raised from the fines, which is what it was all about really. Mrs Donnyfly

6:47pm Sat 21 Dec 13

devilstail says...

Obviously not trying hard enough. I travel down the A303 everyday and not a Police car about unless there is an accident, yet there are people speeding, tailgating, driving with fog lights on, broken headlights, overtaking dangerously, jumping red lights. The Longbarrow roundabout is a nightmare, despite Wiltshire Council painting new lanes and putting up new signs, people still don't seem to be able to stay in the correct lane or get in completely the wrong lane deliberately to jump other cars. Perhaps if there was some Policing we could see these anti social drivers fined.
Obviously not trying hard enough. I travel down the A303 everyday and not a Police car about unless there is an accident, yet there are people speeding, tailgating, driving with fog lights on, broken headlights, overtaking dangerously, jumping red lights. The Longbarrow roundabout is a nightmare, despite Wiltshire Council painting new lanes and putting up new signs, people still don't seem to be able to stay in the correct lane or get in completely the wrong lane deliberately to jump other cars. Perhaps if there was some Policing we could see these anti social drivers fined. devilstail

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