Police Day of Action sees hundreds in Harlow fined for driving offences

Crime / Mon 2nd Aug 2021 at 10:02am

“MY MUM forgot to insure for me today”

THIS was one of many excuses offered by a driver during the Harlow Surround-A-Town day on Tuesday 20 July.

The driver, a man in his 30s, was originally pulled over by officers for using his mobile phone whilst driving. His car windows were also illegally tinted. After a quick check it was found he had no insurance and his car was seized by officers.

The operation saw a string of offences including an astonishing 298 speeding offences, the highest being nearly 70 miles per hour in 40 zone. Forty-five people were found not wearing their seatbelts, 13 had no insurance, 4 were pulled over for careless driving, 2 had no valid MOT and officers found 21 offences involving HGVs and caravans, such as being overweight, long driver hours and having no mirrors. Two e-scooters were also seized by officers.

The engagement team based themselves in the town centre and interacted with hundreds of shoppers on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Shoppers were interested in the free Driving with Confidence courses for older drivers, as well as the activity books for children to help them stay safe on our roads.

Samantha Wright, Road Crime Operational Co-Ordinator, said: “This was a very busy day for the team, and we were shocked to see so many offences, including nearly 300 for speeding.

“One of the themes that came out of the day, was that many drivers haven’t been sufficiently maintaining their vehicles during lockdown to ensure they stay road worthy. Please get all the necessary checks and appropriate documentation for your vehicle.

“Shockingly, the man in his 30s with no insurance attempted to buy insurance on his phone whilst officers were engaging with him. Insurers will never back-date insurance, so it was obvious what he’d tried to do. He had to make his own way back to London without his car.

“Our Surround-A-Town events are so important, and we’ll continue to run them regularly across the county. These high visibility operations are to keep road-users safe and to spread the message that no death or serious injury is acceptable on Essex roads. We want to thank all those in Essex who use the roads safely – together we can work together to achieve Vision Zero.”

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8 Comments for Police Day of Action sees hundreds in Harlow fined for driving offences:

2021-08-02 15:24:57

How about the van 'parked' in the lay-by in Harefield and jutting out onto the street? Nearly 2 months, nothing done about it.

Daren Clark
2021-08-02 16:15:48

Moorfield has a one-way system. Cars drive the wrong way down it every day. I have stopped people and pointed out they are breaking the law, only to often receive abuse. We need either cameras or police to enforce it!

2021-08-02 16:34:02

Ray how about contacting the council for that one. Or do you expect the police to deal with everything?

David Hughes
2021-08-02 17:39:44

Moses, we would like to see the police do a lot more because one day is really not enough., and as for the council doing something.....don't hold your breath

2021-08-02 19:07:57

Yes, Moses, I have contacted the council, they say it's a police matter. I expect the police to deal with a dangerously parked vehicle but " I won't hold my breath". At least now. should there be an accident I know that it is in the public domain.

2021-08-02 20:47:29

Ray the van parked in the layby was parked in Minchen road and the contractors who moved it there on a truck are responsible for the parking of it so Highways should be contacted. The owner hasnt moved that van for 8 months as he or she doesnt live around here I believe they live the otherside of Howard way!

2021-08-03 05:10:27

Don't worry Terry, there will be an accident soon and then it will be sorted.

2021-08-03 11:54:22

If there was more police officers employed, maybe they would be able to deal with the more important things, police are human beings, not robots, and can only be in one place at a time, really annoys me when people slag them off when they have no idea what goes on behind the doors of police Station, get time wasters who get drunk, and are a real pain, then you get idiots who don't insure their car, that is what I call time wasters.

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