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Suffolk and Norfolk drivers commit ‘inexcusable’ acts

An operation targetting commercial vehicles has seen 205 offences detected by Norfolk and Suffolk police during a nationwide initiative.

The operation ran between Monday and Sunday of last week, with Suffolk Police stopping 50 vehicles and detecting 60 offences and Norfolk Police stopping 80 vehicles and detecting 145 offences.

As part of the campaign – led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council – officers from the joint roads and armed policing team and the road casualty reduction team carried out extra patrols, in both marked and unmarked vehicles, concentrating on offences committed by commercial vehicle drivers on the A11 and A47.

More than 200 offences were detected.
More than 200 offences were detected.

Jon Chapman, temporary chief inspector from the roads and armed policing team, said: “This was a very successful week of enforcement activity with a number of drivers dealt with for various offences, including vehicle defects, insecure loads, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving.

“It is extremely disappointing to see a number of drivers being dealt with for the fatal four offences, which include speeding, driving without a seatbelt, driving while using a mobile phone and drink or drug driving.”

Lorne Green (pictured), Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, said: “The list of offences committed by the drivers stopped during this policing operation makes for stark reading.

“That so many commercial vehicle drivers were found to be committing offences on Norfolk’s roads is simply inexcusable.”

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