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Police Automatic Number Plate Recognition operation snares dozens of illegal motorists in South Derbyshire

Posted on 31st October 2018

Our officers in South Derbyshire have been running an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operation during October, targeting illegal motorists. 

The scheme has seen uniformed officers based in locations across the district, using technology purchased by Derbyshire Constabulary and the South Derbyshire District Council led Safer South Derbyshire Partnership. 

The ANPR technology links to the Police National Computer (PNC) and alerts the officers to vehicles that may be stolen, involved in crime, uninsured or without an MOT certificate. 

Acting Sergeant Ben Wildman, explained: “The illegal use of vehicles causes concerns to our communities as it causes dangers to other road users and pedestrians. 

“As well as reacting to the information from the ANPR we have also been able to look out for drivers using their mobile phones and driving without seatbelts. 

“ Whilst we have been out and about we have had a great reaction from residents who have been pleased to see us taking action and have taken the opportunity to let people, particularly children, have a look through the cars and see the technology working. 

“The use of this technology will continue as we look to keep South Derbyshire and safe place to live, work and visit.” 

The operation had the following results: 

  • Vehicles stopped and seized as there was no current Insurance   - 8
  • Vehicles with no MOT                                                                            - 11
  • Drivers with no seatbelts                                                                       -  5
  • Drivers using a mobile phone                                                                - 2
  • Number plates failing to conform to DVLA standards                       - 13



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