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Man arrested during Operation Safedrive event in New Mills

Posted on 18th September 2014

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 Officers carry out Operation Safedrive on New Mills roads 

A man was arrested for suspected drug offences after officers carried out an Operation Safedrive event in New Mills.

Police teamed up with partnership agencies and carried out a number of vehicle safety and diesel fuel checks to crack down on unsafe driving on roads in the area.

70 motorists were stopped during the initiative on Albion Road, New Mills in a bid to put the brakes on offences such as not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving with defective tyres.

A 56-year-old man was stopped by officers during the checks on Wednesday, September 10, and was found to have a small quantity of a suspected class B drug and drugs paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Officers carried out a search of a property belonging to the man and discovered a quantity of suspected cannabis. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

The New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside the Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team (CREST), Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and HM Revenue and Customs throughout the operation. 

The drive saw police issuing a mixture of penalties and warnings to 35 motorists for seatbelt offences, eight people for using a mobile phone behind the wheel, and a following eight motorists for tyre defects.

During the crackdown, five vehicles were also deemed to have serious defects which saw the drivers being stopped from continuing with their journey without immediate repair or recovery.

Other motoring offences included brake defects, driving without valid insurance and exceeding the speed limit. Two vehicles were also seized by HM Customs on the basis of illegal fuel offences.

Sergeant Phil Booth from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team: “Operations like this are a great opportunity for us to work alongside our partners such as VOSA, CREST and HM Revenue and Customs to tackle both driving and criminal offences in our community.

“We carry out regular Operation Safedrive events and it is worrying to still see the number of people not wearing a seatbelt in their vehicles and using mobile phones whilst driving. Not only are they putting their own lives at risk but also the lives of other road users. 

“It is only a minority of drivers that are putting other people’s safety at risk but we hope that this operation will act as a reminder to motorists about the importance of safe and considerate driving.”

Police would also like to urge motorists to check over their vehicles especially now that the darker nights are drawing in. This includes ensuring that all of the vehicles lights are working properly and that their tyres are safe and legal to use.  

To hear more about Operation Safedrive or to speak to the team call on 101. Follow the team on Twitter: @NewMillsSNT

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