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Police praise for 'Special' road safety operation

27 Oct 2016 12:19 PM

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Special Constables in Newcastle and Gateshead are being praised by senior police officers and the public after a road safety operation over the weekend.

'Operation Fatal Four' was organised and carried out entirely by special constables and involved 30 of volunteers who gave up 286 hours of their own time to help protect their local communities.

The operation focused on the four main causes of serious injury and death on the roads (known as the 'fatal four') - drink & drug driving, speeding, driving while distracted and not wearing a seat belt.

Based at several locations across the two areas on Saturday and Sunday, Special Constables stopped 67 drivers in total throughout the operation.

44 motorists were caught driving at excessive speeds, nine were found not wearing seatbelts and three drivers were found using their mobile phones. All were given warning letters and referred for appropriate driver improvement courses.

Four drivers were stopped and found not to have insurance. They had their vehicles seized from them and will now face criminal action.

One motorist was seen failing to stop at a red light and two were found driving with defective tyres. The red light driver will now have to attend a driver course and those with defective tyres were issued fixed penalty notices.

Three drivers were also given

Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) warnings and told to fix their vehicles and make them safe and one person was summonsed to court after being found in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Central Area Command Chief Inspector Steve Hails said: "I managed to spend some time working alongside the Special Constables this weekend during the operation and I was completely blown away by their enthusiasm and professionalism. The work they did was fantastic to see and they are a credit not only to Northumbria Police, but also the communities they serve.

"All of the activity was organised and executed by Special Constables and was led by SC Josh Pinedo. I can't praise them all enough for what they did this weekend and I was pleased to see the public doing the same.

"Members of the public were incredibly supportive of the operation - speaking to our officers and thanking them for their work. A lot of praise came in through social media as well and it's plain to see that people really appreciated the work that our Specials put in.

"Everyone who was involved should be incredibly proud of the work they did, I know the force is."

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