Three drivers arrested in Harlow in traffic crackdown

News / Sat 18th Jul 2015 at 07:09am

THREE people were arrested when police stopped and checked more than 100 vehicles during an operation in Harlow to improve road safety and crack down on crime.

Operation Nash/Surround A Town on Wednesday July 15 involved officers from the Essex Police Casualty Reduction Unit carrying out roadside checks and mobile patrols around the town.

The operation was also part of Essex County Council’s long-running No Excuse campaign to tackle motoring offences and raise awareness that there is no excuse for offences such as speeding, driving while using a mobile phone, not wearing seat belts or driving without insurance or valid driving documents.

Offenders were identified by officers patrolling in cars or on motorcycles or through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology and vehicles were escorted to check sites at the Junction 7 roundabout above the M11 at Hastingwood, and at Second Avenue, near the town centre.

Those arrested were: a 42-year-old man from Bishop’s Stortford who was suspected of stealing a motor vehicle and causing criminal damage. He was bailed until August 25 pending further enquiries: a 22-year-old woman from Sussex suspected of theft who was later bailed until September 14 and a 27-year-old man from Harlow who was given a caution after admitting having an offensive weapon.

Two vehicles were seized for having no insurance and 25 vehicles were stopped for having invalid MOTs.

Twenty-nine people who were using mobile phones and 36 people who were not wearing seat belts face £100 fines and three points on their licences or they may be offered a national driver education course costing £100 but without penalty points.

Three people were stopped for careless driving and four vehicles were found with defects.

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