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Welshpool police operation’s shocking results

Created on 18/11/2011 @ 14:44


A multi-agency operation which took place on the outskirts of Welshpool earlier this week resulted in 40% of motorists failing their checks.
A large police presence close to the Buttington roundabout stopped a total of 79 vehicles, of which 32 had offences including 16 of 43 lorries that were stopped.
It has created huge cause for concern for the state of vehicles on our roads.
“The aim of this operation was to target those drivers who are using the roads illegally and to address any offences that have an impact on road safety which ultimately puts the lives of other road users at risk,” said Roads Policing Inspector Mark Davies for Dyfed Powys Police. “Offences could be poor or even dangerous mechanical upkeep or use of a vehicle to drivers not being properly insured or licenced.
Mid Wales Roads Policing Sergeant Sean Westlake said: “The high rate of offending on the day is a cause of concern, and my colleagues and I will be looking to address that in the coming weeks. We understand that in the current economic climate that we are all facing challenges financially but we mustn’t let that affect our safe travel on the road network and more importantly we have a responsibility to ensure we are not a risk to other road users.”
Mid Wales Roads Policing Unit led the operation and officers were joined by colleagues from South Wales and Gwent Police Forces, the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, VOSA, HM Revenues & Customs, the DVLA and Animal Health and Welfare.
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